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Future Journalists Taught to Report Professionally on Trafficking in Human Beings

A series of lectures on reporting on the issue of human trafficking in the media was conducted at the Institute of Journalism of the Belarusian State University in the framework of the EU/UNDP/UNICEF project “Preventing, Fighting and Addressing the Social Consequences of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Republic of Belarus”. Over 100 students of the Faculty of Journalism of the Institute attended the lectures. 

The lectures were delivered in October-November as part of the core curriculum course on professional journalistic ethics. During the lectures the students examined key aspects of the phenomenon of trafficking in human beings, reviewed the practice of covering this topic in international and Belarusian media, and learned different professional techniques of reporting on the subject in the printed media, on the radio and television. Special attention was paid to the ethical rules and norms of covering this issue.   
Representatives of the Department on Drug Control and Counter Trafficking in Human Beings of the Ministry of Interior and the NGO "Belarusian Young Women Christian Association" delivered presentations to the students as invited speakers.

– Journalists, as nobody else, directly influence public awareness and behavior, and can play a crucial role in combating trafficking in human beings, said Sergei Dubovik, Director of the Institute of Journalism. – This series of lectures organized jointly with the EU/UNDP/UNICEF project is an example of specialized education of future journalists in the sphere of professional reporting on this acute issue.  
For more information, please contact Alexander Novikov, PR Specialist of the project, tel. (+375 17) 286 30 43, mobile: (+375 29) 671 88 91, e-mail: .

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