Tanzanian journalists urged to report on human rights issues

May 19, 2013

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The European Union's Ambassador to Tanzania Filiberto Ceriani Sebregondi urged journalists to be well informed on various human rights issues in order to report on violations and stop the vice from spreading, Tanzania's The Guardian reported Saturday (May 18th).

Sebregondi spoke at a journalists' training session at the weekend organised by Tanzania's Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) in co-operation with the European Union. A group of 49 journalists from across Tanzania attended.

Human rights are vital, Sebregondi said, especially the right to worship and for decent employment. He said it was important for journalists to remember all segments of the population, especially disadvantaged groups such as women, children and persons with disabilities.

The training was designed to acquaint journalists with human rights issues across the country, and allow them to share their varied experiences, said LHRC training facilitator Harold Sungusia.

Journalists play a key role in giving voice to the voiceless, he said, so the training will act as an important tool for reporting human rights violations.

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