News Network with assistance from the High Commission of Canada/Canada Fund to Bangladesh has taken a programme to support local journalists to promote freedom of religion and peaceful coexistence of all religious people in the Chittagong Hill tracts (CHT). The project, ‘Programme for Supporting Journalists to Promote Freedom of Religion,’ will cover Khagrachhari, Rangamati and Bandarban.
The initiative is aimed at sensitising and improving the professional ability of journalists and arranging interactive meetings with media gatekeepers of local newspapers to discuss the issues and publish items on freedom of religion and human rights.
It’s a trend-setting project and the first of its kind in Bangladesh. The project will have multiple impacts and results. Pressure groups and organisations involved in defending human rights and advocacy will be benefited from the project outputs. Besides it has potential to replicate or expand in other parts of the country or other developing countries, where freedom of religion often faces challenges.
News Network believes journalists are the frontline defenders to promote religious freedom, human rights and tolerance.