A handful of media practitioners in Bacolod City and the Province of Negros Occidental underwent a seminar dubbed “Reporting on Human Rights, Rebuilding Communities through Human Rights Empowerment” initiated by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism held at Seda Hotel in Bacolod City on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

PCIJ’s resource speakers led by Inday Espina - Varona discussed the various topics on how to adopt certain guidelines in the reporting and writing of human rights-related stories that affect the citizens of this country.

PCIJ orients media practitioners from broadcast to print in reporting human rights stories that highlight the alleged breaches done by some accountable government officers, police, and military in cases related to human rights.

“We tell it like it is. No matter who. No matter how,” PCIJ shared with the attendees.

PCIJ training director Rowena Paraan gave an overview on PCIJ’s project that covered human rights reporting.

Stanley Palisada of ABS-CBN talked about the role of journalists in reporting human rights violations, as well as one’s basic human rights.

Commission on Human Rights-Negros Occidental officer-in-charge Vincent Parra tackled the international and human rights framework.

Lawyer Andrea Si focused her talk on women’s rights.

SunStar Bacolod editor-in-chief Marchel Espina discussed the challenges in covering human rights issues.

Rappler head of regions Inday Espina-Varona highlighted ways to root for human rights in the newsroom.

The discussion was interactive among the resource speakers and the attendees.*