Competition for Reporting on Human Rights in DRC
The Canadian NGO Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and the UN Human Rights office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have launched a competition to reward the best news reports on human rights. The competition is open to all journalists in print, radio and television working in the DRC.
"The Journalists for Human Rights prize aims to encourage journalists to cover topics related to human rights. We realized that journalists were not very interested in covering these issues in the DRC, yet they are of utmost importance to society”, said Freddy Matta, Country Director for JHR.
“This year will be the first time we have organized this competition with another organization. It’s an opportunity to have more journalists participate”, Matta added.
The UN Human Rights office will award a special prize to the best features focusing on at least one of the four objectives of the Government’s Strategy to Fight Sexual Violence in the DRC. It aims to encourage journalists to give more visibility to initiatives to fight impunity for sexual violence in North and South Kivu.
“This initiative is an integral part of our project to fight impunity for sexual violence in the Kivus, supported by the Canadian International Development Agency”, said Margot Tedesco, Public Information Officer at OHCHR in the DRC. “The media are important partners and actors for the promotion of human rights, especially against impunity. This is why we wanted to join JHR’s initiative”
The situation of human rights in the DRC remains a concern. Perpetrators of human rights violations are seldom brought to justice and this despite the launch in 2009 by the President of a “zero tolerance” policy towards violations perpetrated by the Congolese security forces.
Only entries first broadcast between 1 January 2010 and 31 October 2010 will be considered. The final date for submission to JHR is 31 October 2010.
Features can be sent to:
Local 12, Galerie Saint-Pierre
374 avenue Colonel Mondjiba
17 September 2010