Panaji, Oct 4 (UNI) The International Centre, Goa (ICG) is holding a month long intensive ''train-the-trainers'' programme for a group of eight senior journalists from the Republic of Tajikistan, sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation of Japan.
Saifiddin Dostiev, founder and regional trainer in the School of Young Journalists in Tajikistan and one of the trainees here said that the media has just started flourishing in his country.
''After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the civil war, there are more news channels now and a huge demand for journalists. We try to train journalists in every domain but under the current programme, we are learning the techniques of the modern communication,'' he said.
The programme, he opines, gives them exposure to various modern media operations in the world's largest democracy that is India.
The course is based on four modules, which focus on basic techniques, specialized journalism techniques and electronic and print media. The course will also include visits to newspaper offices.
Another participant, Melikov Umrillo, a lawyer by training, said the press has to act responsibly.
''Through professional associations, independent press councils such as Ombudsmen, and in-house critics who hear public complaints, the press responds to complaints of its own excesses and remains internally accountable,'' he said.
''It is very crucial for the countries of our region. If we make the base of the media stronger, the future generation will reap the benefits,'' he added.
''We can learn much from a great democracy like India. A democracy allows the press to go about its business of collecting and reporting the news without fear or favour from the government. The kind of democracy, which we enjoy in Tajikistan can become an example for the entire Central Asia to follow'' he added.
The program is being held at the ICG premises in Dona Paula under the guidance of three senior India journalists - Snehasis Sur, senior journalist and honorary secretary, Centre for Media Research and Development Studies, Mr.Chandan Mukherjee, Under Secretary, Ministry of Power and Designated Master Trainer of Ministry of Personnel&Training, and Ms.Tulsi Datta, former chief sub-editor, Indian Express.
The programme, according to the ICG director Mr.M. Rajaretnam, aims at providing the participants with the latest skills and methodologies so that they can educate the young aspiring journalists after they go home. The trainees include four women members.
He also emphasized that the Centre ''can become hub for research, educational, cultural, and training activities on Central Asia. As a major economy India should export its soft power to this developing region''.
This year the 13th ISSYK-KUL Forum will be held from November 4 to 9 and will bring experts from the two regions and Russia, China, US, India, Japan and Southeast Asia. Last year the Centre launched an English-Russian website on the region.