Profile and History:
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 organization 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.
The current vision of HRNJ-Uganda in the current strategic plan is to work towards:
‘An informed and respectful society of human rights which is free from abuse’
The mission of HRNJ-Uganda is: enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building capacities of journalists to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media.
Objectives of HRNJ
- To promote and protect human rights as provided for in the regional and international instruments that Uganda is party to and as provided in the constitution of Uganda through the media.
- To build the professional capacity of human rights journalists through training, research, reporting and technical skills acquisition.
- To mobilize, unite and represent human rights journalists on matters of common interest.
- To work together as human rights journalists seeking to achieve goals of empowering the public in creating a platform to demand for a non violent, corruption free and a human rights observing society.
- To work together with judicial organs, civil society organization, regional and international organs to bring peace and harmony.
Statement of distinction
Core values are the fundamental values or ideals at the heart of HRNJ-Uganda and provide the imperatives for doing business. They offer guidance to members and staff in meeting the strategic objectives and in dealing with each other in the implementation of the institutional strategic plan.