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Meet the Press in Cote d’Ivoire: LSP sponsors a major media workshop

From May 25-28, 2015 sixty journalists from 24 districts joined 12 Deputies, 11 members of the Center for Information and Communications of the National Assembly of Cote d’Ivoire and other key legislative staff for a training workshop to promote improved coverage of the National Assembly. The workshop, supported by the Legislative Strengthening Program, was held in resort town of Yamoussoukro. The goal was to educate journalists about the National Assembly’s important role in national governance and to encourage better communications and interaction between MPs and the media.

Photo of an attendee asking a question at the LSP sponsered media workshop

An attendee asks a question at the LSP sponsered media workshop

The first day of the meeting, workshop leaders provided an overview of the organization of the National Assembly, its constitutional role and the ethics and role of journalists in communicating the activities of the National Assembly to the public. The second day focused on how MPs and journalists could more effectively address the three roles of the deputy: to enact legislation, to oversee the government, and to represent their constituents.

At the conclusion of the training, a significant number of journalists noted that the meeting corrected the common misunderstanding of MP’s role as being one of “local development agent” or “social resource.” Moreover, all agreed that "the parliament must communicate…[and] remain open to a civil society which occupies a place of growing importance in the socio-political debate ...[Such communication must be] interactive" between the public and the National Assembly.

See more of SUNY/CID's work in Cote d'Ivoire

Posted June 15, 2015