As we geared up for the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and part of IMLU’s objective in advocacy against Gender-Based Violence and human rights violations, we hosted a media training for 25 journalists between 16th – 18th June 2021 at the Smith Hotel. The media professionals trained are specifically dedicated to report stories on crime, gender violence and human rights issues.
Journalists are a vital component in the day to day operations of the organization given the huge influence and audience they have among the populace. Their role transcends highlighting excessive use of force by security officers to documenting high-quality reports that speak to the violation of Human rights in accordance with the rule of law.
The three days’ training was held to intensify the current status of the exposure of journalists towards Human Rights reporting and highlight areas for improvement and recommend practical steps to improve the current situation. The workshop aimed at advancing the initiative of reporting cases on Human rights violations and provided the opportunity to review the recent advances towards improving the situation, with a particular focus on the identification of synergies across the different industry sectors and regulatory bodies.
In any society, the role of media in the protection of human rights and the promotion of access to justice cannot be underrated. The media needs to be interested not only in reporting human rights violations but in the institutional apparatus designed to promote and protect the rights of all. Today the role of the media extends not only to giving facts as news, it also analyses and comments on the facts and thus shapes the views of the people.
IMLU recognizes the important role played by reporters, columnists, correspondents, editors and other media practitioners who work to sensitize the public on human rights and thus putting the issues of access to justice on the radar of public debate in the country.