Rabat – The Moroccan Forum of Young Journalists (FMJJ, in its French acronym) is set to welcome and host 30 foreign journalists from October 2018 to February 2019 as part of a program to foster democratic culture in the media’s coverage of important social and political issues in Morocco. But the program also aims to promote professional cooperation between Moroccan media professionals and their counterparts in partner countries.
The project, which is organized via a partnership and sponsoring from the European Endowment for Democracy (EED), will be carried out under the umbrella of the organization’s Human capacity building for democracy. According to the organizers of the forum, the program’s overarching philosophy is to equip participants with the necessary tools and information to carry their missions and future professional assignments in due respects of the legal and professional.
In a press release they shared with Morocco World News, the FMJJ explained that the 30 participants in this year’s forum will be provided with comprehensive instructions and orientation programs aiming at facilitating their stay. Through meetings and programs of cultural immersion, participants interested in covering Morocco will know more about the country, which will allow them to successfully negotiate their ways through the professional, legal, and political hurdles of the practice of journalism in Morocco.
Explaining that participants in the program will be significantly familiarized with Morocco and its culture, the FMJJ pointed out in its press release that “this program will be a point of reference for foreign journalists interested in Morocco, as it will facilitate both access to information and contacts or meetings with sources.”
To attain its professed goals, the FMJJ organizers concluded, the program will put its focus on four important points, including “facilitating contact with information sources, playing the role of intermediaries (fixing), providing information on legal dispositions in Morocco, as well as assisting participants in access to authorizations or accreditations” for numerous cultural and political events in Morocco.