The Netherlands-based World Press Photo, Mensen met een Missle (MM), and ACFJ prepare for a partners’ meeting in the Philippines to pursue the implementation of the five-year Press Freedom 2.0 program aimed at improving the quality of media and promoting civic participation and greater accountability of democratic institutions in the country.
The partners’ meeting is set at the Ateneo de Manila University on 16 to 17 September 2011.
A key element of this program focuses on efforts to empower visual journalism in the Philippines by strengthening the institutional capacity of ACFJ as a media support organization.
The project has two components; the development of the multimedia journalism diploma course and capacity building for trainers in this field, and initiatives to bridge the gap between marginalized groups in the country and build the ACFJ as a professional training institution through cooperation with local NGOs in either Aurora or Mindanao. This will involve a baseline study in the use of visual journalism to bring about positive change in governance.
Participants to the partners’ meeting include representatives of civil society groups from Aurora and Mindanao, among them, the Mindanao Peoples’ Peace Movement, Bangsamoro Secretariat, Katawhang Migrante, Electoral Reforms and Development Center, Justice and Peace Action Group and Bataris Formation Center.