Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is a network of human rights journalists in Uganda working towards enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists, to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media.
This organization was established in 2005 and registered in 2006 by a group of human rights-minded journalists who developed a sense of activism amidst a deteriorating context and glaring abuses targeting the media. The identity of HRNJ-Uganda lies with its diverse membership including print and electronic media, freelance, investigative journalists and individuals from other professions.
We research, monitor and document attacks and threats aimed at journalists, as well as abuses of press freedom in Uganda. We offer legal support to journalists who are in need of these services because of their work.
We endeavor to provide medical and psycho-social support to media practitioners injured in the course of their duty. Through training and educating journalists on various thematic issues, we enhance their competence and capacities on human rights and good governance.
It is our vision that one day, we shall see a respectful society informed of their rights and obligations and free from human rights abuse.
VISION, MISSION AND OBJECTIVES OF HRNJ-Uganda
Vision: ‘An informed and respectful society of human rights which is free from abuse’.
Mission: The mission of HRNJ-Uganda is: ‘Enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building capacities of journalists to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media’.
The Objectives of HRNJ-Uganda
1. To promote and protect human rights as provided for in the regional and international instruments that Uganda is party to and as provided in the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda through the media.
2. To build the professional capacity of human rights journalists through training, research, reporting and technical skills acquisition.
3. To mobilise, unite and represent human rights journalists on matters of common interest.
4. To work together as human rights journalists seeking to achieve goals of empowering the public in creating a platform to demand for a non violent, corruption free and human rights observing society.
5. To work together with judicial organs, civil society organisations, regional and international organs to bring peace and harmony.