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Amnesty to host debate on journalism and human rights

Debate to be held at St Mary’s University College, Belfast today

Journalism has a key role in the highlighting and prevention of human rights abuses worldwide. It also has a massive impact in helping to empower and support those who have had their rights violated and to hold those responsible to account.

As part of Feile an Phobail, Amnesty International is hosting a debate and discussion on journalism’s role within the realm of Human Rights.

Some of the issues that will be discussed will be the role of journalism in promoting gender equality and Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights’s rights worldwide, the right of journalists to protect their sources and the potential use of the Official Secrets Act as a way to infringe upon journalists rights.

The discussion will be chaired by former BBC Ireland correspondent Denis Murray and the panel will include a number of leading local journalists including Liam Clarke, Fionola Meredith and Anne Cadwallader.

Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International Northern Ireland Campaigner said:

“We see journalism as having a massive role to play in the protection of Human Rights here at home, as well as across the globe.

 “We hope that this discussion will inspire debate and get people interested in Human Rights and the role that journalism has to play in it. We would like to thank Feile an Phobail for helping us in putting on this event”.

What: Debate and Discussion on journalism and Human Rights
When: 12noon, Monday 2 August
Where: Lecture Room 1, St Mary’s University College, Falls Road, Belfast

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