2nd October 2017
By Tom Law

Labour Migration Fellowship Programme Training

Labour Migration Fellowship Programme Training Agenda

2-3 October 2017

Riviera Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon

Labour migration, forced labour and human trafficking in the Arab States

What is the labour migration landscape across the Arab States? What are the push and pull factors fuelling migration, and what experiences do migrant workers have in the region? What is the difference between forced labour and human trafficking?

Presenter: Sophia Kagan, Chief Technical Advisor, ILO

How is labour migration reported on in the Arab States?

How does media reporting shape public attitudes and perceptions of migrants? How can poor reportage on labour migration contribute to exploitation and abuse?

Presenter: Tony Mikhael, Maharat Foundation

Digital storytelling workshop

How can we use technical tools of text, images, graphics, music and sound to support oral and visual storytelling? The session will include a mix of technical/theory, and practical group work.

Facilitator: Rawan Damon, independent media trainer/consultant

Ethical journalism and challenges to investigative reporting

What is the current freedom of the press context in the Arab States? How can journalists report safely and ethically on the issues of labour migration, forced labour and human trafficking?

Presenter: Rana Sabbagh, Executive Director, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism

Film screening of ‘The Workers’ Cup’

Inside the labour camps of Qatar, African and Asian migrant workers building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup compete in a football tournament of their own: The Workers Cup.

Q&A: with producer Ramzy Haddad

Tuesday 3 October

Exercise: Experiences of reporting on migrant workers in the Arab States

How can fellows accurately and safely report on key migration issues in the region? What are the key strategies and tools?


Rejimon Kuttapan, Panos South Asia fellow

Vani Saraswathi, Associate Editor and Director of Projects at Migrant-Rights.org

Reporting on legal and corporate human rights issues

How do you accurately and ethically report on legal proceedings? How can journalists use the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s (BHRRC) documentation checklist to report on corporate human rights impacts?


Nizar Saghieh, Executive Director, Legal Agenda

Ezz Eldeen AlNatour, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Film screening ‘Sea of Pictures’ and Q&A on migration images

Sea of Pictures (33 minutes) is a documentary that focuses on the image of Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi, who was found drowned on a beach in Turkey while trying to reach Europe with his family. This image went viral and became a symbol of the refugee crisis and the widespread international apathy up until that point. His image was seen on newspapers across the globe. But how as a journalist/media outlet do you choose which pictures to show to the public? What are the ethics surrounding taking pictures such as these? Can you really control how these pictures are interpreted and repurposed?

Facilitator: Tom Law, Ethical Journalism Network

Words matter: Rights-based and gender-sensitive language

Globally the migration debate has become increasingly negative. Our words matter more than ever. How can journalists ensure that the words they use are not discriminatory or inflammatory and that their reporting is technically accurate?

Facilitator: Eliza Marks, ILO

Group work: Storyboarding untold stories

Putting together everything discussed over the course of the training, the fellows will start to plan out some story ideas to produce over the next six months. Fellows will present their story ideas to the group for feedback.

Facilitator: all

Main image: The fellows of the Ethical Journalism Network / International Labour Organisation programme to support coverage of labour migration in the Gulf, Jordan and Lebanon 2017-2018