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
- 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.
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.
lawyers who have been advocating for HR
who have organised and conducted workshops.
Plan: An action plan has been prepared for the smooth running
of the project.
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.
Mr Mostafa Sohel
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
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.
on Human Rights Reporting Manual