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The role of civil society in the hasty departure of President Blaise Compaoré marked both a crisis of confidence and a weariness on the part of the Burkinabe people vis-à-vis their leaders and institutions.
If faith in politics is to be restored, there must be new bases for dialogue between candidates and citizens to offer programmes in line with the concerns of the people.
Aware of their impact on democratic life, the media must also however consolidate their role alongside the new decision-makers and citizens. A legacy of the previous political regime, a degree of self-censorship and moderation in the coverage of political news limit the media's contribution to the debate. Their influence and credibility are further weakened by their precarious economic state, management problems and high staff turnover.
This project therefore aims to help the media to consolidate their role and place the public interest and the concept of accountability of governments to voters at the heart of the debate once again. Strengthening editorial and managerial skills, making the most of local information, relaying citizen expectations and involving Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are the areas of primary focus.
The project is carried out in partnership with:
17 local radio stations (public and private, regional), national television and private television channels, the written press, online media, as well as several Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Burkina Faso.
A first seminar based on participation and collaboration, focusing on the role of the media in democratic life, bringing researchers, CSOs, academics and other experts together with the media.
The media are encouraged to not only deliver information but also to present a comparison of the political choices on offer so as to make them accessible to all citizens.
After this first stage, several training sessions are held on the various techniques for covering an election: topical debates, interviews, polls, awareness programmes, interactivity, etc.
Between 1 and 22 December 2014, CFI ran a training course in Ouagadougou, which was given by experts in political journalism to a class of ten media professionals hailing from Burkina Faso, Benin, Ivory Coast, Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo – countries in which national elections are due to take place in 2015.
From 18 to 21 February 2015, CFI and its Burkina-Faso partner UNALFA (Union Nationale de l'Audiovisuel Libre du Faso) gathered together, in Ouagadougou, around a hundred participants for the seminar launching the FasoMédias project.
In addition to the active participation of CSOs in each of the journalistic training sessions and project initiatives, recommendations for media-CSO relations have been made by the management of partner radio stations and of CSOs. They represent commitments undertaken by both parties and should enhance relations between them, helping them consider one another as working for development and striving for common goals.
As part of the Faso Media initiative, CFI and UNALFA (Burkina Faso's national union of free audiovisual media outlets) organised live radio coverage, in Burkina Faso, of two concerts performed by the rapper Smockey on 10 and 11 April 2015, and also broadcast a programme aimed at encouraging citizens to vote.
Media selected for their desire and determination to cover the elections independently and professionally benefit from support in situ.
The support provided focuses on establishing the method of election coverage and strengthening the skills of editorial staff.
Five editors-in-chief, five sub-editors and nine reporters recently received training under the Faso Media project, in editorial management and reportage respectively.
The "Witness" series of broadcasts, under the FasoMédias umbrella, was launched on 23 May 2015 via more than 30 radio stations in Burkina Faso. National reconciliation in Burkina Faso was the first subject that journalists wanted to address.
Two training sessions in the production and staging of political and citizen debate, involving eighteen radio journalists and two members of CSOs (Civil Society Organisations) have just finished in Ouagadougou.
Mid-June saw the start of the in situ coaching sessions for five Burkinabé radio stations under the FasoMédias partnership. Over the course of three weeks, five expert trainers from CFI will be mentoring editorial teams to assit them in setting up the necessary arrangements for covering the presidential and legislative elections in October 2015.
From 17 August to 12 September 2015, eighteen radio journalists and two members of civil-society organisations from Burkina Faso took part in one of two training sessions relating to the production, improvement and hosting of interactive programmes, which were supervised by the trainers Pierre-Yves Schneider and Ouabo Nombre.
After an editorial workshop with regard to the political debate programmes of 3 private television companies in Burkina Faso (BF1, Burkina Info, Impact TV), a second session was held from 9 to 19 September 2015.
On 6 November 2015, 60 radio stations from all four corners of Burkina Faso came together to launch FasoMedia FM – a joint venture through which programmes will be broadcast over the airwaves of all the radio stations in synergy.
As part of the joint venture entered into by 60 radio stations at the beginning of November, 60 reporters are to receive training so that they will be able to cover the presidential and general elections scheduled to be held in Burkina Faso on 29 November.
Following on from the training carried out for the presidential elections in November 2015, CFI continued its work with the television channels BF1, Impact TV and Burkina Info for the municipal elections in May 2016.
Through different formats such as magazines or the survey, journalists put more emphasis on the concerns of citizens in their subjects.
Two training courses for producing magazine shows aimed at making people more aware of citizenship were held in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) in mid-July. One of these courses, which lasted 12 days, was attended by 18 journalists from radio stations participating in the
Faso Media project.
In July 2016, twelve journalists and editors-in-chief, from radio, written press, online and web TV media in Burkina Faso took part in a three-week training course relating to investigative journalism. With the subject and tools well within their grasp, they now have five weeks to complete their investigations.
A selection of radio stations will benefit from a development plan, mini-training sessions and follow-up for implementation of the recommendations made during the in situ needs analysis missions.
Training sessions on team management, marketing and social mobilisation in local radio are offered to station managers.
Among the initiatives forming part of the Faso Media project, around ten or so have involved providing support and guidance to the management teams of radio stations in Burkina Faso. These particular initiatives aim to improve the governance and economic viability of those stations, and thus complement the project's purely journalistic and editorial actions.
Feedback on project actions.