Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) Organization, held a vibrant two-day workshop at the voi Town lodge from 10th to 11th September. The event was primarily an awareness platform and an opportunity for the two organizations to reach out to the regional media fraternity and share in-depth on matters pertaining to Human Rights at large.
With two sessions apart, breaking within the lunch hour, each day was packed with a series of talks and informative presentations from the key facilitators of the program drawn from both MUHURI and the Media Council of Kenya. Equally, there were interactive and group sessions with various journalistic minds sharing diverse thoughts on the various subject matters on the table.
In the closing hours of each day, saw various group formations, discussions and representatives wrapping up with vivid presentations on behalf of their colleagues. Subsequently, this saw more critiques, recommendations questions and answers that kept the workshop quite engaging.
The forum attracted 27 media personalities representing different Media Houses and their subsidiary brands, including, Anguo FM, Royal Media Services, NTV, Pwani FM, Mwanedu FM, Sifa FM, Nation Media, Standard Group, Tsavo Media Group, Radio Africa , among others.
According to the organizers, and from their perspective, there has been a gap as far as human centered stories are concerned in terms of the sourcing, curations, reporting as well as the intended impacts.
They emphasized the need for every journalist or persons of influence to be more conscious of, and to adopt an approach that focuses on protecting, advocating for and promoting Human rights as a whole.
Considering MUHURI an organization that has been in existence since 1997, Fredrick Okado, the Project Assistant, while speaking to voi2day.com acknowledged the need to intensify the organizations presence in Taita Taveta sighting continued sensitization programs as one of the strategies to reach out to more people across the region, promising a series of future invitations and engagements that shall hopefully extend to the general public too.
In one of his speeches, Mr. Kelly, MUHURI’s regional coordinator, reminded journalists that technically beyond their individual careers and pursuits, they ought to stand up as defenders of the human rights as well.
Mr. Jacob, the monitoring & Evaluations Officer at Media Council of Kenya appreciated the turn-up and the lively activity of attendees throughout in both days and encouraged the shift from the usual political headlines to more impactful Human-Centered stories. In His presentations, he keenly insisted on personal safety saying, “you are a better journalist, while alive”.
Amid the sessions, various journalists voiced their concerns, challenges, and recommendations to the organizing bodies as well as to colleagues. Mwanedu FM’s Mr. Kituku, in a commentary, advised the need for an all-inclusive involvement of media houses regardless of the size or history in the industry.
Generally, unity and corporation between the relevant stakeholders were highlighted a key tool in the overall journey regarding responsible journalism and in the noble mission for advocating for justice at all times.
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