IFJ Launches Human Rights Journalism Programme in Middle East & Arab World

The International Federation of Journalists has launched its new Journalism and Human Rights programme with a ten day Training of Trainers workshop in Amman, Jordan. 

Ten leading journalists from across the Middle Eat and Arab World have committed themselves to becoming IFJ trainers on human rights reporting.

The participants are senior journalists and editors specialising in a range of issues including gender, children, security, crime. They have won prizes for their investigative reporting and led journalists’ rights campaigns.

The course will equip participants to deliver two-day workshops on human rights reporting supported by the national journalists’ unions. The programme also supports a dialogue between journalists’ unions, media and national human rights centres to co-operate on promoting a culture of human rights based journalism.

Kevin Burden, who is leading the training, said: “While we may not agree on all issues, we can agree that human rights journalism is about reporting on the weak, vulnerable and discriminated against in society.” 

We are grateful for the support of the Jordanian Press Association which is hosting the meeting, and the Norwegian Journalists Union and Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their support for the programme.

For more information, please contact IFJ on +32 2 235 22 17

The IFJ represents more than 600 000 journalists in 134 countries