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Democracywatch- a research and human rights organization started a project with the assistance of the British High Commission for Journalist Training on Human Rights from June 2002. The objective of the project are:

  • Develop a syllabus to help journalists in reporting HR situation in Bangladesh particularly HR violation, so that their reports are accurate, balanced and have some positive impact in the society.
  • Train some journalists on HR reporting and thereby help advancement of public awareness about democratic rights and responsibilities.
  • Help creation of better informed parliamentarians, political leaders and workers and public in general.

The project has been worked out, a syllabus has been developed, training course has been designed by drawing on the rich experiences of:

  • Media persons who have experiences national and international media.
  • Practicing lawyers who have been advocating for HR
  • Working journalists and
  • Educationists who have organised and conducted workshops.

Action Plan: An action plan has been prepared for the smooth running of the project.

Journalist Requirements Analysis Survey: According to the action plan of Democracywatch took the initiative of a Journalist Requirement Survey in 12 districts of the country from 20th June. The survey was conducted from 9th July to 19th July 2002. The cell developed questionnaire comprising 16 questions regarding different aspects of human rights. The cell appointed 12 volunteers for 12 districts as interviewers. The volunteers were recruited from Dhaka, Jessore, Khulna, Jhenidah, Narail, Rajshahi, Pabna, Bogra, Comilla, B'baria, Chittagong and Mymensing.This survey report was published in the national dailies.

project coordinator

Project coordinator
Mr Mostafa Sohel

Journalists Training Manual Development: Mr Shafik Rehman, Editor of the weekly JaiJai Din, a prominent and popular weekly magazine in the country prepared a comprehensive training manual on human rights reporting. He is working as a resource person.

In-house workshop: The unit conducted an in-house workshop on the journalist training manual for its further development with NGO activists, professionals, lawyers, human right activists and journalists at Democracywatch auditorium.

In this workshop the speakers underlined the need for publishing this kind of manual for journalists to enable them to write their reports objectively on incidents relating to human rights. The workshop was very well received by all the participants who made valuable contribution.

Open discussion
Open discussion on Human Rights Reporting Manual