Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) has today officially launched a three-day training on Human Rights Journalism in Beledweyne town of central Somalia barely a month after the commencement of series trainings slated to take place in five regional states and Mogadishu.
The training project, which is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy, aims to equip local journalists with new skills and enable them to collaboratively monitor, investigate, document and report human rights violations in the country. The project intends to reach up-to 150 journalists across Somalia.
During the opening of ceremony, Hiiraan Deputy governor, Sheikh Hussein Osman who officiated the training has commended SJS leadership for their efforts to sharpen the skills of the journalists.
“The training came at the right as this region is now witnessing an increase of human rights violations. We have seen cases of rape, injustice, inequality, discriminations and many other things which violate human rights,” he said.
The official urged SJS to increase trainings in Beledweyn town, saying the move will enhance skills of the staff of fourth estate operating in the region.
Today’s training brought together over 25 journalists including seven females, drawn from more than ten TV and Radio stations in the Beledweyne town.
In attendance were officials from SJS officials including the organization’s finance and administration secretary, the Project coordinator as well as SJS legal advisor.
SJS officials jointly urged the participants to make use of the chance.
Late June, SJS held similar training in Mogadishu which brough together more 25 journalists who were taught skills to cover human rights issues in Somalia.