The Ethical Journalism Network, together with its partner the International Labour Organisation (ILO), is launching a set of guidelines for ethical reporting on labour market issues in the Arab region on Saturday 4th December 2021 at the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) conference, the ARIJ 2021 Forum.

The guidelines have been developed in consultation with a number of experienced Arab journalists and aim to provide support to journalists at all levels who wish to cover the world of work in a fair and equitable manner.

The guidelines were developed as part of the ILO SSTC Journalism Fellowship for Arab States, implemented through a partnership between EJN and the ILO. The Fellowship gathers a number of journalists from key Arab media outlets, with the aim of promoting a more robust, comprehensive and human-centered approach to reporting on labour-market issues in Arab states, and foster cooperation among journalists within the region and beyond.

The guidelines will be launched at a panel which will be held on Saturday 4th December 2021, at 17:00 PM Amman time, entitled: Ethics in Reporting on Labour Market Issues Hosted by EJN & ILO. The guidelines, available in both Arabic and English, will be made available on the ARIJ, EJN and ILO websites from 3rd December 2021.

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO)

The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States , to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.

ILO SSTC Journalism Fellowship for Arab States

In this video, Arab Journalists connect for a more robust and human-centred approach to labour market reporting:  journalists, practitioners and world-of-work representatives reflect on their experiences in the ILO SSTC Journalism Fellowship for Arab States, an initiative implemented by the EJN and the International Labour Organization (ILO).


Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ)

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) is the first and leading media organisation in the MENA region, dedicated to promoting investigative journalism across the Arab world.

Based in Amman, ARIJ was founded in 2005 with the aim of supporting independent, quality and professional journalism, by offering training, media coaching, mentoring, funding and networking opportunities with local and international media outlets.

ARIJ aims to support every Arab journalist with the ambition to advance in the field of Investigative Journalism.


The ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism) annual forum is the Arab world’s biggest gathering for investigative journalists and supporters of independent media. The 2021 Forum will be held under the theme: “Journalism & Accountability in a Disrupted World”.

The fundamental purpose of journalists is to provide society with the information needed to be aware and engaged. Due to the recent global disruptions, those in power have been seizing the pandemic as an opportunity to silence journalists, restrict their access to information and contribute to partial, if not total, media blackout. It has become more important than ever for journalists to hold the powerful accountable for their actions. In light of that, ARIJ has selected this year’s Forum theme; “Journalism & Accountability in a Disrupted World”.

Main image: “Ethics in Reporting on Labour Market Issues” panel at the #ARIJ21 Forum, hosted by EJN & ILO & featuring EJN Trustee, Zahera Harb, Bayan Tal, Reem M. Aslan and Saleem Salameh; 4th December 2021. Image used with kind permission of ARIJ.

Download the guidelines in Arabic

Download the guidelines in English


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