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Journos trained on investigating corruption and lack of transparency in the energy sector

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has organised a special training covering energy security issues for a cohort of journalists, 15 in total, from TV, print, and online media platforms.

The training was designed around the findings of TIB’s research titled ‘Coal and LNG-based Power Projects in Bangladesh: Governance Challenges and the Way Ahead’, funded and supported by the European Climate Foundation (ECF).

The three-day workshop took place at BRAC CDM in Rajendrapur, Gazipur, from August 19-21. It ended with certificate distribution among the participants.

The workshop focused on capacity building in reporting energy-related news from global and local perspectives. There was also a particular emphasis on teaching journalists how to prepare well-researched reports on the use and expansion of renewable energy sources in Bangladesh. Moreover, the workshop participants were introduced to tools for information collection, their use in investigating corruption, and the lack of transparency in this sector.

The summary of TIB’s research study, Coal and LNG-based Power Projects in Bangladesh: Governance Challenges and the Way Ahead, was presented by TIB’s research fellow Newazul Moula at the beginning of the workshop. Resource persons in the workshop also presented different perspectives on energy policies, investigation, and reporting. Research Director at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dr. Khondaker Golam Moazzem presented introductory details on Bangladesh’s policy director in light of the global context. Roving Asia Editor of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), Miraj Ahmed Chowdhury presented ‘Sustainable Energy: Sectors, Opportunities, and Forms of Preparing Reports on Power and Energy. The final presentation was on ‘Identifying Strategies and Sectors of Investigative Reports’, which was presented by the Head of Investigative Journalism Help Desk at Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI), Badruddoza Babu.

At the end of the three-day workshop, TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman presented journalists with certificates stating their enhanced capacity to report energy sector-related news. During the event, he said, “TIB has always been vocal about irregularities, corruption, and other governance-related issues in Bangladesh. TIB believes that journalists are compatriots in the fight against corruption and sincerely supports journalists in their capacity development efforts.”

TIB ED further stated that Bangladesh's energy sector is crucial, and more work is needed during this crisis.