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Human Rights Training for Young Journalists in the MENA Region

NORDEM/the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and the Al Jazeera Media Training & Development Center, are organizing a human rights and media workshop for journalists. The workshop will take place at Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha, 27 April-1 May, and is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

Contributor William O’Neill is Program Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum at the Social Science Research Council, and a lawyer specializing in humanitarian, human rights and refugee law. Photo: Pia Skjelstad Lahnthaler 

Whereas previous joint trainings were held for Al Jazeera staff, the target group this year is young journalists and editors from media institutions in the Middle East and North Africa region.  

- We hope to empower 25 young journalists and editors to contribute to positive change, democracy and human rights in the region through their work as journalists, says Siri Skåre, Director of International Programmes at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. 

A main focus of the program is the protection of journalists and media as seen from the perspective of international human rights law. A full day is further dedicated to ethical journalism, and the remaining days will focus on topics related to investigative journalism and human rights. 

Contributors include William O’Neill, an expert in humanitarian, human rights and refugee law; Cecilie Hellestveit, an experienced researcher in international law; Aidan White, founding Director of the Ethical Journalism Network; Khaled Taha, former Director of Al Jazeera Tech Sector & founder of New Media at Al Jazeera; Mahmoud Abdelhadi, former director of Al Jazeera Media Training Center; Kristin Solberg, the Middle East correspondent for Aftenposten; Clayton Swisher, Head of the Investigative Journalism Department at Al Jazeera and Thomas Spence, Director of the Norwegian Journalist Association.

- The trainers are experienced and recognized in their respective fields. Our aim is that the workshop will enhance the knowledge and awareness of important principles among journalists working in conflict and post-conflict environments. It also gives an important platform for exchanging knowledge and experience on how journalists can contribute not only to reveal human rights violations, but also to lay the foundation for reconciliation and durable peace, says Skåre. 

More information: Al Jazeera Media Training & Development Center

By Christina Tjelland, NORDEM
Published Apr 23, 2014 07:13 PM - Last modified Apr 23, 2014 07:13 PM