Jordan trains journalists for human rights coverage

Khalil Al-Abdallat
Director of the Human Rights Unit at the Prime Minister's Office, Dr. Khalil Al-Abdallat. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Human Rights Unit at the Prime Minister's Office, in collaboration with the "Awareness Training Center for Human Rights," conducted a training course focused on journalistic coverage skills for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of human rights.اضافة اعلان

The course encompassed a consultative meeting with numerous journalists and media professionals representing various visual, audio, written, and electronic media outlets.

Dr. Khalil Al-Abdallat, the director of the unit, emphasized the pivotal role played by journalists, media professionals, and Jordanian civil society organizations in advancing the human rights framework at both national and international levels, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

He underscored how journalists and media professionals contribute to the UPR process through the analysis of current situations and their connection to available media tools. He highlighted their active participation in the third report, with many of them engaging in the preliminary session and providing live coverage of the discussion session in Geneva.

Al-Abdallat noted that this meeting affirms the status of journalists and media professionals as key partners in enhancing and evolving the human rights reform system in Jordan. They are integral components in promoting democracy and the rule of law.

He affirmed the strong political will within the Jordanian state, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah. This willpower has led to the approval of various reform systems, including political, economic, administrative, and human rights. His Majesty directed the National Center for Human Rights to assess the legislative impact of the Electronic Crimes Law and instructed the government to amend the Right to Access Information Law, all aimed at strengthening the human rights framework in Jordan.

Taghreed Al-Daghami, the Executive Director of the "Awareness Training Center," highlighted that this consultative meeting is a first of its kind, occurring alongside specialized training for journalists and media professionals in journalistic coverage skills related to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

She stressed the vital role of effective media in enhancing and facilitating change in the human rights sphere. 

Media professionals play a crucial role in implementing UPR recommendations by raising awareness about the significance of the Universal Periodic Review as one of the United Nations' mechanisms. 

She also underscored the importance of this international mechanism in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

Daghami added that media's role is pivotal in this context, fostering productive civil discourse regarding the Universal Periodic Review's importance and its impact on specialized human rights journalistic coverage skills. This includes crafting comprehensive human rights news stories based on the report's recommendations, ultimately strengthening the media's role in monitoring and follow-up mechanisms.

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