I’lam Media Center launched its first human rights course for Arabic media journalists under an EU-financed action, entitled, “Building a Culture for Human Rights Sensitive Media”. Besides primarily targeting journalists, it will also train teachers, civil society and human rights activists in human rights sensitive journalism.
The course aims to empower the participants to develop media content related to civil, political, socio-economic and cultural human rights.
Dr. Amal Jamal opened the first meeting in Sakhneen city by welcoming the participants. He then elaborated on the historical evolution of human rights ideas and norms, highlighting how these have manifested in different cultures until reaching its contemporary form today.
The advocate Abeer Baker presented her first lecture about “Palestinian Rights in Israel: Between the Existant and the Desired”. Baker addressed the structural and procedural problems faced by the Palestinian minority in realizing their rights.
The following part of the meeting included a photography workshop conducted by the photographer Mohammad Badarneh. He spoke of the history of human rights photography. Badarneh screened short movies and showed some photos which dealt with human rights of minorities in different parts of the world. Badarneh also focused on the importance of photography in documenting historical facts and important incidents such as 'Land Day', an important incident in Palestinian history relating to the expropriation of land without consent and a violation of the right to property, stressing how this incident was not sufficiently documented.
The meetings will take place twice a month over a six month span in 2012. The participants will produce written, as well as photographic material, dealing with human rights, and the materials will be published in different media fields in addition to the project website.
المشروع ممول من قبل الاتحاد الأوروبي This project is funded by European Union