Human Rights Journalists’ Association (HURJA), is a network of human rights journalists working for the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists, to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media. The network gained its formal registration as an independent non-profit and non-partisan media organisation in 2004. The recognisation of HURJA lies with its diverse membership across the board including print media, electronic media, online media, freelance investigative journalists and individuals directly and indirectly affiliated with media.
The service areas of interventions are developing strategic communication strategies, monitoring and content analysis of media content, capacity building of journalists through multidimentional approaches including workshops and trainings, empowerment of victims and vulnerable groups through awareness campaigns, promotion of human rights, advocacy and lobbying, research and publication, documentary production, television talk show program among others and dissemination of the strategic contents via national and local level media. It is focused mainly to create awareness in people and to incorporate the voices of grassroots people. HUJRA believes that by working together, human rights journalists will be able to impact greatly on the status of human rights.
The organization was formed with the objective of building capacity of journalists to write and report news from human rights perspective and launching media campaigns for the protection and promotion of human rights and social justice. It organizes advocacy and awareness raising campaigns in different parts of the country while lobbying with political actors and government for the enforcement of international instruments to minimize the incidents of rights violation by bringing perpetrators to justice.
Develop a strong of a group of human rights journalists making them understand the elements of human rights law, reporting and other relevant skills which will ultimate work as an ‘Human Rights Ambassador’ in their respective districts.
Train journalists to connect them as a bridge and frontline human rights defenders to protect and promote human rights in a long run to disseminate HR issues to greater audiences.
Work for the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists so that they can identify the issues of human rights and bring them in the front line media.