Closing of the training course for prosecutors on Crimes against Journalists


The five-day international training course for prosecutors on ‘Investigating and Prosecuting Crimes against Journalists and the Protection of Freedom of Expression’ was completed today, February 18, 2022.

22 prosecutors and representatives of training academies coming from 12 countries ranging from Africa, the Arab region, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America have deepened their knowledge in fundamentals of freedom of expression, competencies and standards required for the effective investigation and prosecution of crimes against journalists, threat typologies, assessing the sufficiency of the evidence, and conducting an effective contextual analysis. The course also covered criminal defamation, protection of journalistic sources, victims and witnesses, and international cooperation in cases of crimes against media professionals.

The training course has been delivered by high-level trainers, while the invited speakers from governmental and non-governmental authorities and the Media sector have shared their experiences with the participants on the matters of relevance.

The international training course was organized by the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (SII) and the National Association of Attorneys General, as a build on the Guidelines for Prosecutors on Cases of Crimes Against Journalists, developed by IAP and UNESCO, available in 18 languages.