HRNJ-Uganda Media Rights Awards 2015


Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda, strives to promote freedom of expression and ensure protection of journalists rights and media practitioners in Uganda. The organization advocates for compliance of human rights standards by state and non-state actors.

The organization’s strength in achieving its objective is based on its ability to carry out advocacy campaigns through media, courts of law, networking and identifying the right issues to work.

HRNJ-Uganda relies on its strong membership, a supportive leadership and effective secretariat to conduct research and to pursue matters that affected freedom of expression. The organization’s leadership is cognizant of the fact that there other numerous contributors in the effort to have a free press and exposing the perpetrators.

It is upon this that the organization want to recognize people and organizations that have made significant contribution in exposing media rights violations and following up journalists rights issues in all circumstances. The recognition is intended to encourage more people to interest themselves in the promotion and protection of media rights.

The appreciation will target exceptionally courageous female and male journalists that have consistently shown keen interest in covering media rights abuses and stood up during difficult time to exercise their rights. The organization will extend its gratitude to one outstanding national media house that has persistently offered space for media and journalists rights issues.


  1. Readability, Clarity and Style. Writing and/or storytelling techniques (includes writing quality, engagement and emotional impact, vivid presentation, compelling/captured attention,

  2. Reporting rigour (includes references to information gathering, depth of research or number of sources, thoroughness of reporting, imaginative research, new information, and factual detail).

  3. Provides new knowledge and understanding of the issue to the reader

  4. Adheres to journalistic standards and ethics – truth, accuracy, balance, and fair play. Clear distinction between fact and comment.

  5. Relevance and public impact or benefit of the story. Topicality/newsworthiness/importance/relevance. The story is about an issue of public importance/human interest. Advances an agenda of community or national importance.

  6. Originality (includes originality of idea and/or its importance, originality of subject, originality of execution, initiative, surprising angle, interesting subject).

  7. Has diversity of voices including both prominent and voiceless e.g. women, children, men, the aged etc.

  8. Quality of interviewing techniques and presentation.

  9. Insight, analysis, or examination of the context of the story. (The questions “why” and “how” behind a story.)

  10. Exposes a hidden issue or not so obvious. Investigative skills applied