Empowering Journalists on Reporting News through Human Rights Perspective (EJHR)

Donor organisation: Government of Germany, Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Project year: From 2012 and till date

Introduction of the project:

Together with local human rights defenders, the EJHR project allowed the journalists in program districts an interface with law implementing authorities, by taking them to the vulnerable and ignored sections like local prisons, and the victims of armed conflict who are still awaiting relief. In the first phase (2012) EJHR project supported by German Foreign ministry, concentrated in four districts of  Terai region-Kanchanpur, Dang, Parsa and Dhanusha. In 2013, HURJA conducted this program in Bardiya, Panchthar, Dhankuta, Jhapa and Morang. Regional offices of the National Human Rights Commission, District chapters of Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ), the Chief District Officer (CDO), District Police, civil society leaders, human rights activists, journalists were also brought together in the program.

The program comprised of various themes including journalist code of conduct, human rights perspective in news writing, responsible news, defending journalists in conflict situation and the issues of human rights defenders. The focus was also on making the selection of trainees inclusive through both social and gender perspective.  The program outcomes have been encouraging. The number of reportage for prison improvement has surged; stories of authorities repairing prison roof through local support soon after the visit were reported.  Some journalism schools in Kathmandu have shown interest in including in their curriculum the training manual prepared during the project.