Katiba Institute in partnership with the Media Council of Kenya engaged journalists from #Turkana county on their role as Human Rights Defenders. The training was held on 24th June, 2022 in Lodwar.
“Human rights defender” is a term used to describe people who, individually or with others, act to promote or protect human rights in a peaceful manner.
Victor Bwire, the Director, Media Training at the Media Council of Kenya challenged journalists to continue playing their role as Human Rights Defenders effectively.
“Journalists are first line Human Rights Defenders since they document, monitor and expose human rights violations.” noted Victor Bwire.
Kevin Mabonga from Katiba Institute highlighted Katiba Institute’s project that aims to strengthen the work of Human Rights Defenders and enhance their Protection.
“The project, supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi, targets to promote and protect Human Rights and Human Rights Defenders(HRDs), empower HRDs to be able to self-represent/ seek representation through administrative/judicial redress mechanisms and support the media in promoting awareness of human rights and the protection of Human Rights Defenders.”
The journalists were also taken through election reporting skills including conflict sensitive reporting, ethical principles while reporting elections, and access to Information.