Moldovan journalists, interested in local investigations
25.10.10/ Fifteen Moldovan journalists had the opportunity to investigate corruption cases during the training entitled Corruption: Targeted by Investigation Journalists, organized within October 21-23, by the Independent Journalism Center.

Journalists from Soroca, Balti, Comrat, and Tiraspol were trained by Bulgarian and Moldovan trainers to carry out an investigation, beginning with the pre-documentation phase, identification of sources and documents and finishing with writing/publishing the material.

According to the Bulgarian trainer, Alexenia Dimitrova, the sources are one of the essential elements of investigation. „The success of an investigative material is due to the multitude of sources the journalist succeeds to find. Sometimes to investigate a corruption case the journalist may use up to 20 sources”, said Alexenia Dimitrova.

The co-trainer, Vitalie Calugareanu, showed to the participants by practical examples that they may get a lot of information by accessing the on-line databases available in Moldova and other countries. „During an investigation it is essential to cooperate with journalists from abroad, thus ensuring to our material a larger efficiency, and a certain protection for us as from the international network of journalists”, emphasised Vitalie Calugareanu.    

Iulia Buzenco, from Radio-Moldova, said that the examples showed by the trainers made her to understand the difference between the investigations carried out in Moldova and Bulgaria.

During the second part of this training the journalists selected an investigation topic related to their localities and sketched an imaginary action plan to detect eventual sources and determine the phases to go through before publishing the material.  

In this context, Maia Sadovici, TV Gagauzia reporter in Comrat, said that thanks to this training she got absolutely convinced that it is possible to carry out investigations also in the country side.  „Of course, I would not carry out large scale investigations, but I shall start with small local investigations”, added Maia Sadovici.  

The training “Corruption: Targeted by Investigative Journalists” was developed within the project “Strengthening the Moldovan Media Capacity to Cover Issues of Public Interest” , with the financial support of the EU Delegation to Moldova within the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights. This project is implemented by the IJC in partnership with the Media Center in Tiraspol and the Media Development Center, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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