‘Giving voice to the voiceless’ and ‘championing the rights of all peoples’ will be among the key messages highlighted at a regional human rights and media forum, in Nadi, Fiji, this week for senior journalists and government communication officers from 13 Pacific countries.
This event which was postponed in late February due to tropical cyclone Winston, and now held from 13-15 April.
The Enhancing a Human Rights-based Approach to News Reporting Forum is organised by the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) in partnership with the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS), the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) Journalism Programme at the Tanoa Skylodge Hotel.
The event is supported by the Australian Government and the European Union.
The event aims to strengthen media capacity in ‘rights-based reporting’ to reflect the realities and aspirations of Pacific island communities for equality, development and social justice.
Prominent journalist and Director of Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Pacific Centre, Professor David Robie will be chief guest at the event and will share his experiences of human rights coverage in the region.
RRRT is the Pacific Community’s human rights program, working to build a rights-based culture, and assisting nation states to commit to and observe international human rights standards.
Useful link: www.spc.int/rrrt/