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.
HRNJ-Uganda was established in 2005 by a group of human rights journalists who had developed a sense of activism and was formally registered as an independent media group, non profit and non-partisan organisation in 2006. The identity of HRNJ-Uganda lies with its diverse membership of over 200 human rights journalists from both print and electronic media and freelance investigative journalists and students.
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.
The Core values are the fundamental values or ideals at the heart of HRNJ-Uganda and provide the imperatives for doing business. They offer guidance to members and staff in meeting the strategic objectives and in dealing with each other in the implementation of the Strategic plan. The following were developed as core values and guiding principles of HRNJ-Uganda
- Team work,
- Non Discrimination
- Equal Opportunity
- Being visionary
- Determination to succeed
HRNJ-Uganda puts in place appropriate strategies to ensure that female, veteran and disabled journalists are given a chance to participate fully and benefit. HRNJ-Uganda members are fully committed to gender equity and equality. HRNJ-Uganda believes that by working together, human rights journalists will be able to impact greatly on the status of human rights within Uganda. As a membership organisation, it is vital that all activities and interactions of the HRNJ-Uganda are conducted in a manner that ensures transparency and accountability to its stakeholders.
VISION, MISSION AND OBJECTIVES OF HRNJ-UGANDA
Vision: The current vision of HRNJ-Uganda with in this Strategic Plan is to work towards: ‘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.