Promoting Freedom of Expression through Human Rights Camps and Evidence-Based Advocacy

Introduction

Freedom of expression is one of the fundamental rights. If the people have the right to speak freely on important issues, access information and hold the powers that be to account, together play a vital role in the healthy development process of any society.

There are many elements that limits the freedom of expression, for example: legislative, physical attack on journalists, writers and bloggers; impunity; self-censorship; censorship etc. The situation impacts journalism and online activists many ways.

To promote and protect freedom of expression, the project will implement activities with different professional groups and entities. The project will address the capacity related issues among the journalists and online activists.

Objective

To increase the flow of quality in-depth reports on violent extremism and human rights issues in the media.

Activity

  • Build capacity of district level journalists and online activists on producing quality in-depth reports and contents from a human rights perspective.
  • Produce and share evidence-based comprehensive report on the status of freedom of expression in Bangladesh to initiate a campaign to protect freedom of expression.
  • Influence the relevant stakeholders to take initiative on the legislative and non-legislative issues that are limiting the freedom of expression.

Project Period

September 2019-November 2020

This project was funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh under its Human Rights Programme