Human Rights Journalism Workshop

The Department of Communication Arts at LAU, in coordination with the Lebanese Center for Human Rights, organized a journalism workshop emphasizing human rights on Saturday, February 28. 

LAU Journalism students and other students interested in human rights from up to seven universities were invited to participate in the workshop. The workshop intended to help students cover abuse cases, human trafficking, mistreatment of domestic workers, and many other prevalent human rights issues.

The sessions also discussed media objectivity while covering these human rights issues. Participants engaged in the practical exercises during the workshop  and were offered a certificate after the internship.

Speakers included: 

  • Mr. Wadih Al-Asmar - Secretary General and volunteer program manager of the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH) . A human rights activist since 1996, Wadih Al-Asmar has an extensive experience in the field of national reconciliation with a particular focus on the issue of enforced disappearance. Board member of the FEMED (Euro-Mediterranean Foundation against Enforced Disappearance), and member of the Executive Committee of the EMHRN (Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network), he co-founded SOLIDA Movement in France in 1996 and has been leading CLDH since its inception.
  • Ms. Aline Farah (tbc) - Media icon and a certified trainer for journalists. Ms. Farah is Deputy to the Head of Reporting Department at Annahar newspaper, former Media Adviser to the Minister of Interior and Municipalities, manager in charge of Nahar Ashbab - the youth supplement for Annahar and President of the Maharat Foundation.

Aya Abi Haidar, a student and one of the coordinators of the event, believes that “human rights’ journalism matters in our culture since journalists don’t always cover these issues professionally.” Alaa Bashir, a communication arts graduate, considered it “a very beneficial workshop that describes the right way to cover human rights issues”.