The International Centre for Investigative Reporting, (ICIR) has organised a training to help civil society organisations and the media combat human rights and justice issues in the country.
Speaking during the first batch of the training which took place in Abuja on Wednesday, the ICIR Project Director, Tajudeen Suleiman, said the training is aimed at bringing non-governmental organisations fighting human right abuses with the media together, to achieve greater effectiveness in the fight against human rights abuses.
Mr Suleiman lamented the fact that international human right organisations break stories concerning serious abuses of these rights in Nigeria before local media.
Mr Suleiman added that with the help of non-governmental organisations, the media could achieve more.
Also speaking at the event, a legal practitioner, Tochukwu Ohaziruike, who works as the legal head of the Independent Service Monitoring Group, said a number of factors militate against proper human rights reporting which include in-depth understanding of the problem, insufficient data, lack of funds, and ultimately corruption.
Mr Ohazuruike said a lot of these problems could be addressed with proper collaboration from both sectors.
He noted that the media and civil society organisations have a common objective of protecting the masses and can better perform their duties in the face of proper coordination.
“The great discoveries of human right abuses credited to global rights groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are not outside the purviews of what media organisations, in adequate collaboration with CSOs can report. What is lacking is that sort of collaboration which is necessary.”
Mr Ohazuilike added that both the media and civil society organisations could serve as each other’s watchdog to ensure that fraudulent activities in both sectors are limited.
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