USING THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION: TRAINING FOR JOURNALISTS IN MONGOLIA

Investigative Journalism: Using the Right to Information and Reporting on SDG Indicator 16.10.2

On September 5-6, 2019, The Globe International Centre organized a training programme for Journalists and academics from the University of Journalism on “Using the Right to Information and Reporting on SDG Indicator 16.10.2”. The training programme was framed in the context of Mongolia’s 4th celebration of the International Day for the Universal Access o Information.

Mrs. S.Uyanga Secretary-General of the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO and Mrs. Kh. Naranjargal, CEO of Globe International Centre delivered the opening speech of the two day programme. Mr. Toby Mendel, Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy was one of the trainers who conveyed the importance and best practices on this subject.

Journalists face many challenges when gathering information especially from public authorities, impairing their right to know. Mongolia ratified the Law on Information Transparency and the Right to Information on June 16, 2016, securing the rights of its citizens to access information from public authorities. Mongolia produced its first Voluntary National Review (VNR),reporting the progress of SDGs this year and presented it to the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) held in New York in July, the report highlights the need “required to affirm transparency of public activities, improve actions to ensure access to information and information transparency”.

The key topics discussed during the training programme included:

  • Importance of the Right of Information, recent trends and legal foundations
  • Benefits of the Right to Information
  • Making requests and lodging appeals
  • Understanding and applying exceptions
  • Dealing with difficult officials
  • Methodologies to assess SDG Indicator 16.10.2
  • Fact-checking
  • Journalism and misinformation

Article written by ZULZAYA Nyamkhuu from Globe International Center (Mongolia).