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First Training Workshop on Human Rights for Journalists

 


Speakers on the inaugural session of a three day training course for journalists on human rights reporting on 31 November to 2nd December 2002 stressed the need for highlighting the woes and plight of large segment of the populace since these aspects constitute an important area of journalism along with any other arena of national life.

Organized by the Democracywatch, supported by the British High Commission, the course drew newsmen also form district to get them acclimatized with human rights issues while carrying out their profession responsibilities. A total number of 35 Journalists were participated in the training program. More than 100 newsmen will be trained in phases.

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The inaugural session was chaired by Editor of Weekly "JaiJaiDin" Mr Shafik Rehman and addressed by visiting president of the Association for New American Democrats A K M M Hai, Deputy Director General (News) of BTV Mr Faruque Alamgir,

 

 

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Program Advisor of Asia Foundation Mr Shajahan Kabir, Journalist and columnist Zaglul A Choudhury, Press and Public Affairs Officer of the British High Commission Ms Sayeda Nazneen Ferdousi, Urmee Rahman, formerly with the BBC, Mostafa Sohel, coordinator of the project and Executive Director of Democracywatch, Mrs Taleya Rehman.

The speakers emphasized that journalism and human rights are inextricably linked in many ways and it is important that newsmen and those connected with the media and truly acquainted with clear picture of different elements associated with the issues.
They opined that human rights in journalism is acquiring greater importance and significance in both developed and developing nations and as such newsmen need to be more conversant with the related matters for objective and more meaningful journalism.