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Internews: Speak Up, Speak Out: A Toolkit for Reporting on Human Rights Issues

This toolkit was produced by Internews, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.

This is both a human rights reference guide, and a workbook for journalists and civic activists who want to improve their ability to report on human rights issues in a fair, accurate, and sensitive way.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Human rights knowledge
1. What are human rights?
2. Human rights on paper – conventions, covenants and treaties
3. The main human rights treaties
4. Getting to know the U.N.
5. A bill of rights for women
6. International justice and the rise of the “super court”
7. Human rights in times of war and conflict
8. Article 19 rights and “sunshine laws”

Section 2: Journalism understanding, skills and tools
1. Media, journalism and human rights
2. Human rights in the newsroom
3. Human rights and gender-sensitive reporting
4. Human rights controversies
5. How to interview
6. Interviewing official sources
7. Interviewing activists and NGOs
8. Using anonymous sources
9. Interviewing torture survivors
10. Interviewing people who have been raped
11. Covering elections
12. Digital security for human rights reporters

Section 3: Guide for practical application
1. Story assessment
2. Write a story, step-by-step
3. Review

Section 4: Appendices
A1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights
A2. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
A3. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
A4. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
A5. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
A6. Convention on the Rights of the Child
A7. International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
A8. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
A9. International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
A10. International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance
B1. Useful resources: books, papers, manuals, reports
B2: Useful websites and online resources
C. Has your country signed up?
D. Human rights days
E. Sources and references

Access the file online at the link, or download a text only version below.



Mukut's picture

Thank you for sharing

Thank You for sharing this useful and interesting article.

Mukut Ray

Osai's picture

Useful Resource

Hello, This looks like a very useful resource, I would check it out.

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noreens's picture

Thanks for posting this,

Thanks for posting this, Scott. Looks interesting!


Jennifer Brier's picture

Thank you!

Thank you for all this information. I am feeling more prepared with tools and knowledge!


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