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The seminar "Legal dimension of journalistic investigations of corruption cases"

The seminar "Legal dimension of journalistic investigations of corruption cases" was organized by the CAPC for 15 representatives of the mass-media, selected by the Journalistic Investigations Centre (JIC). During the seminar, the participants were trained by journalists with investigation experience, from JIC, as well as representatives of law enforcement authorities: the Centre for Combating Economic Crime and Corruption, the Office of Public Prosecutor, The Anti-Corruption Office of Public Prosecution and the Ministry of Interior.

The participants learnt the legal and penal aspects of corruption crimes, provisions of national and international anticorruption legislation, the specific features of intelligence investigation, of criminal prosecution and court prosecution of corruption cases. Each separate topic was presented by practicing employees of law enforcement authorities, the journalists had the opportunity to establish relationships and direct contacts with the lecturers from the seminar, to discuss with them cooperation issues with law enforcement authorities, as well as to find solutions.

The seminar theory classes joined practical classes, where journalists solved test cases and case studies, in order to be able to properly qualify alleged corruption crimes, to determine correctly the scope of the law enforcement authorities, etc.

The seminar was organized within the framework of the project „Raising public awareness about corruption phenomenon”, financially supported by the British Embassy in Chisinau. This project launched an anticorruption hotline 92-79-79, publicized during a campaign carried out at the national level, aimed at raising the awareness and educating the citizens about corruption risks. Given the fact that the activity of the hotline provides a close cooperation with investigative journalists, the seminar "Legal dimension of journalistic investigations of corruption cases” aimed at strengthening the capacities of journalists to investigate corruption cases.