HRNJ-U Trains Acholi-Lango Sub-region Journalists in justice, Human Rights and law

HRNJ-U Alert

Gulu 25th/09/2013;

HRNJ-U Trains Acholi-Lango Sub-region Journalists in justice, Human Rights and law

In order to contribute to the realization of her mandate, Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), under the auspices of the Embassy of Finland (Nairobi) organized a three (3) days (September 18-20, 2013) Regional Capacity building training for Journalists as Para-legals. The training took place at Hotel Free Zone in Gulu. The training attracted over 50 Journalists from both electronic and print media from the districts of Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Lamwo and Lira with the aid of a tailor-made manual which was internally generated for training purposes.

The training was the first of its among a series of lined up trainings to empower journalists across the country particularly in the North (Gulu), North Western (Arua), East (Soroti) South (Masaka) and West (Fort Portal) regions on Human Rights, Justice and the Law

The intervention is an attempt to address growing susceptibility of journalists to persistent violent attacks from State and non-state actors that range from assault, unlawful arrest and detention, torture and other forms of rights and freedoms abuses. Perpetrators on numerous occasions move away scot-free mainly due to the inadequate capacity of journalists to contend with these violations in line with the available legal and administrative procedures

As HRNJ-U embarks on this regional capacity enhancement exercise, it’s envisaged that a host of journalists will be equipped with basic knowledge on Human Rights, Justice and the Law that will enable them to comprehend legal procedures and processes relevant in dealing with future abuse of their freedoms. And also a platform of discourse for journalists on Media Freedoms, Justice and the Law will be made available that will contribute to entrenchment of Free Media space in Uganda.

“This is an extra-ordinary training that has gone a long way in enriching our capacities in the area justice and the law, which has been a missing area in as far as our daily media work is concerned. You, HRNJ-Uganda have fundamentally changed our approach to our work, and am sure that each of my colleagues here has benefited immensely.’ said Mr. James Tweny when moving a vote of thanks at the close of the training.

 

For More Information Contact;
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)

Plot 18, Block 12 Stensera Road Kayanja Triangle Zone
P.O.BOX. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala. Tel: +256-414-272934 / +256-414-667627
E-mail: news@hrnjuganda.org / humanrajournalists@yahoo.co.uk / Website: http://www.hrnjuganda.org; BLOG: http://hrnjuganda.blogpost.com

 

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About Human Rights Network For Journalists-Uganda

HRNJ-Uganda was established in 2005 by a group of human rights-minded journalists who developed a sense of activism amidst a deteriorating context due to glaring abuses targeting the media. The network gained formal registration as an independent non-profit and non-partisan media organisation in 2006. The identity of HRNJ-Uganda lies with its diverse membership across the board including the print and electronic media, freelance investigative journalists and individuals from other professions.
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