Training to Journalists on Human Rights Issues


Mass media holds a powerful role in human rights communication. In the arena of communication it is journalists who serve as the main actors in reporting human rights. Journalists have the opportunity to increase public awareness, to educate the public on their rights, and, above all, to help in monitoring human rights. However, there is lack of capacity building initiatives for journalists on different aspects of human rights. The project addressed the capacity gaps and trained journalists on human rights approach to journalism. By organizing workshops, the project also carried out dialogues for promoting the rights of women, children and minorities.


To equip journalists with the elements of human rights knowledge, reporting and others skills, as well as increase  human rights awareness.


  • Research: conduct training needs assessment (desk study, focus group discussions, consultations)
  • Develop training module on human rights approach to journalism (develop outline; concept, motivation, skill and practice related contents; determine methodology; test and finalize the module).
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation tool to assess the impact of the training.
  • Provide training to 81 journalists from central level media houses (in 4 batches).
  • Organize three thematic workshops on women’s rights, children’s rights, and the rights of minorities.

Project Period

March-June 2014

This project was funded by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission Capacity Development Project (BNHRC-CDP).