- HUMAN RIGHTS AND ADVOCACY
Improving the level of public and Leadership awareness and capacity to effectively engage with the debate in the Oil and Gas zone on how to share profits accumulated from oil and other minerals in the District, Ensuring equal treatment of people in resource allocation, service provision irrespective of their social economic dynamics and diverse cultures. Kasese district is earmarked for oil and gas production as exploration already going on in other districts and a study being carried out indicates that the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese also is yet to start oil and gas extract. As the community we must demand for royalties on natural resources in this territories should government start extract.
One of the major objectives of UJK is it to promote networking among media practitioners. UJK will always participate in a number of advocacy and networking activities together with other NGOs on matters affecting media practitioners with a view of improving the environment in which they operate in and help to protect and promote their rights. We also secure legal aid through cooperation with legal agencies, national and international human rights bodies sourcing and offering lawyers to practitioners and individuals who encounter brutality during their course of work.
- RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION
Because of the strategic linkages between UJK, other Human Rights Defenders organizations and Media Houses, UJK exposes such violations and other practices of the state that demonstrate compelling elements of Human Rights violations and also refer cases that need special treatment to human rights organizations. Its in-line with UJK’s core principles to document media rights violations that include unnecessary arrests, suppression, intimidations and threats, poor pay and unnecessary censorship, killings and abductions.
Media Rights Defenders Initiative (MRDI)
Working collaboratively with local, regional, nation and international NGOs advocating for the welfare of the media society to independently and impartially execute their work without external interference and amplifying the voices of those struggling for freedom and rights from repressive. UJK looks at initiating media awards in any categories that will be deemed suiting for the different issues touching the community in which we work. We look at how journalists cover different issues in the community that may include health, education, human rights, arts and culture, tourism and agriculture among others. Inspired by the works of the Late Amon Thembo Wamupaghasia a veteran journalist who was killed in cold blood on May 12, 2012 by unknown assailants whose motive remains a mystery to every journalist, It is our prayer that in the near future with the availability of a potential fund, a special award under the names Amon Thembo Wamupaghasia media reporting excellence award is established to encourage journalists on specialized reporting. UJK still wants to work with the family in realizing his dream of a community television station under Mupaghasia Community Television Centre. Why the media? Media society keeps us updated through reporting about what is going on anywhere, anytime. They report about the injustices going on in the society, they feed the population with all information including news from risky places like war zones among others. However, media people in Uganda are among the least paid. The salary levels vary from one media establishment to the next but in general, radio journalists get paid the lowest. “The media can’t work in isolation without the community”
- GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY
People lack secure property rights, the formal recognition and protection of the right to use and have property. Although property rights sit at the heart of nearly every global development issue we face today, it remains under-reported. Inadequate access to land and insecure land tenure remain factors behind rural poverty, urban slum growth, gender inequality; violence and human rights abuses. Under this ujk increase transparency about land deals, expose weak land governance systems, and highlight the risks to stakeholders who invest in bad land deals.
- CAPACITY BUILDING
Ensuring ethical journalism where principals and codes of good practice are applicable to the specific challenges faced by the media practitioners through Professional development; While various existing codes have some differences, most share common elements including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability—as these apply to the acquisition of newsworthy information and its subsequent dissemination to the public. Journalism ethics include the principle of “limitation of harm.” This often involves the withholding of certain details from reports such as the names of minor children, crime victims’ names or information not materially related to particular news reports release of which might, for example, harm someone’s reputation. Through media campaign we reach out to the general public and other organizations and sensitize them about human rights issues for purposes of information sharing and rising awareness and their responsibilities in managing the safety of staff and collaborators in insecure environments, across multiple locations and helping improve the security of those working as human rights activists, humanitarians and journalists facing an array of threats as well as supporting and assisting community’s efforts in all program interventions that help the media professionals with the tools and training they need to cultivate excellent journalistic work.
- ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM
We are very concerned citing the melting snow on mount Rwenzori due to rampant deforestation and the rising poverty levels in the region, Gradual Encroachment into the most sensitive areas, Illegal activity (timber felling, sand mining, hunting, poaching), Heavy usage of insecticides, pesticides and chemical fertilizer, unsustainable Home Garden Management, Large numbers of domesticated animals being released to the sensitive areas, Spreading of invasive plants, Mythical beliefs and incorrect identification of animals (not distinguishing rare and endangered ones from common ones), Massive and irresponsible tourism in this area are major factors affecting Biodiversity Conservation and through Environmental Journalism and the replanting of endemic Plants in the Communities around Rwenzori Region we recognize the value of a proper environmental campaign to educate the community in the area, thus minimizing the adverse impact on sensitive habitats. Through environmental Journalism, we focus on local farmer organizations, business Schools and the local governing authorities to design a tailor-made enlightening program to attract the younger generation towards the conservation, as they are the guardians of the local natural resources. This awareness, program motivates young and adult and enhances the environmental knowledge, change the attitudes towards sustainable utilization of natural resources, improve environmental management skills of local communities for better conservation of natural resources in their surroundings, and improve the Human Welfare factor emphasizing a switch back to organic farming.