Media Reporting on Forced Labour and Fair Recruitment

The media has a key role to play in supporting public awareness against all kinds of forced labour and promotion of fair recruitment. Media can be key influencers, affecting public perceptions about forced labour and labour migration. News coverage may help bring a cause into the mainstream by engaging people, creating the public mobilization and support to drive policy changes.

In collaboration with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the International Labour Organization (ILO) through its Fair Recruitment Initiative - supported by REFRAME, FAIR and FAIRWAY projects - and Bridge to Global Action on Forced Labour project, is organizing the first interregional media professional workshop with the following objectives:
  • To validate, with international media experts, the toolkit on reporting on forced labour and fair recruitment developed under the BRIDGE Project and the Fair Recruitment Initiative, in collaboration with IFJ. The toolkit aims to equip professional journalists with tools of right-based reporting on forced labour and fair recruitment, and to support them in producing balanced reports that tell all sides of the story while at the same time following ethical standards.
  • To familiarise journalist trainers from selected countries covered by ILO projects with the toolkit with a view to facilitate their work in organizing and facilitating training at national level;
  • To develop/reinforce networking among international media specialists who have been involved and associated with ILO media engagement activates in the areas of forced labour and labour migration.
The workshop will bring together media professionals from at least ten different countries that are either part of migration corridors or from target project countries, or where national training of journalists programs have already been conducted. Professional journalists with prior training or teaching experience in their respective countries are the target audience for this workshop.