TRF Trains 13 Journalists on Illicit Financial Flows, Tax Haven Reporting

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The journalists who participated in the training

A three-day media training workshop under the theme ‘Foundation Wealth of Nation’ organized by the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) to horn the skills of journalists in covering illicit financial flows and tax havens has ended in Monrovia.

The training, which was held on November 23-25, brought together 13 journalists, including Daily Observer’s Business and Economic reporter David A. Yates, and taught them on how to report and investigate illicit financial flows, tax avoidance and the role of tax havens in Liberia and the global economy.

The three-day workshop covered illicit finance, elements of reporting on companies, as well as an overview and understanding of company accounts. It also included consideration in the Liberian context and the impact of illicit financial flows on the country and its people.

Facilitator Rex Merrifield said the Wealth of Nations – while reporting on the illicit financial flows project, was part of a larger program taking place across Africa to support journalists and media organizations to cover illicit financial flows and raise awareness of the issue.

Merrifield said the training also encouraged journalism that relates these issues to the lives of citizens through engaging storytelling in a proper way.

The course also focused on improving coverage of national and international financial issues through detailed briefings, where appropriate.

The TRF training consultant meanwhile urged journalists to use the knowledge acquired over the three days and put it into practice.

Siatta-Scott Johnson, president of the Female Journalist Association (Feja), who spoke on behalf of the participants, thanked Merrifield and TRF for the workshop.

Participants included: David A. Yates (Daily Observer); Zeze Ballah (Bush Chicken); Precious Gaye (Inprofile Daily); Kokulubah Zayzay (UNMIL Radio); Orlind Cooper (Media Development), Int; Bettie Johnson-Mbayo, Al-Varney Rogers (FrontPage Africa), Siatta-Scott Johnson (President of Female Journalist Association); Edward Blamo (Capital Times); Emmanuel T. Dagleh (ELBC correspondent) and Classic FM in Margibi County; Alloysious Davies (The News); Mr. Gbatemah (Bush Chicken).

Wealth of Nations is an award-winning program run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in collaboration with some of Africa’s leading organizations, promoting excellence in journalism.

The project is supported by Norway’s Development Agency (Norad), and was named the winner of the International Capacity Building category at the British Expertise International Awards 2017, which recognize outstanding international work done by UK based organizations.

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