The Objectives of HRNJ-Uganda
1. To promote and protect human rights as provided for in the regional and international instruments that Uganda is party to and as provided in the constitution of Uganda through the media.
2. To mobilise, unite and represent human rights journalists on matters of common interest.
3. To work together as human rights journalists seeking to achieve goals of empowering the public in creating a platform to demand for a non violent, corruption free and human rights observing society.
4. To work together with judicial organs, civil society organisations, regional and international organs to bring peace and harmony.
5. To build the professional capacity of human rights journalists through training, research, reporting and technical skills acquisition.
Analysis of the strategic plan 2009-2011 (successes and challenges)
HRNJ has been implementing the strategic plan 2009-2011 which is now coming to an end. Over the three year period, HRNJ has been able to register some tremendous achievements despite the challenges faced both internal and external. Some of these notable milestones include:
The organisation has been able to deal with issues affecting the profession responsively and effectively e.g. representing journalists dragged to court, rescue of journalists held incommunicado and challenging government actions that threaten and undermine freedom of the press, information and expression among others. A network of lawyers has been put in place to support journalists. This has improved the situation of journalists, image of the network and attracted membership to build a strong and coherent body that responds and is sensitive to the needs of journalist.
Systems have been put in place to track violation committed against journalists in the country e.g. toll free telephone helpline, and the identification and training of monitors who monitor situations in different parts of the country and offer first line of response when a journalist is under threat.
Through the awareness campaigns, there has been a remarkable improvement by journalist on knowledge of human rights and practice. This has made them responds authoritatively in human rights issues affecting them and communities.
There has been constant monitoring of press freedom, information and freedom of expression in the country. The reports have been shared widely and has supported in the influencing of legislative and policy reforms. The reports have also led to establishment of strategic allies both nationally and internationally that have constantly advocated for the respect of fundamental rights and media freedoms. Back to Previous page