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This online course is designed to increase the awareness on human rights among journalists, journalism professors, and students. It will tackle the importance of human rights in the democratic scheme, and is meant to encourage media to report not just on human rights violations but to develop a contextual approach as part of the news agenda. This human rights lens has been absent even in reporting cases of obvious violations.

The course hopes to reflect human rights in crime reporting, court cases, marginalized groups and minorities, and promote alternatives to the highly punitive approaches to law and order in the country.

The course also includes approaches on how to make human rights interesting and relevant to the public.

This is an introductory course. It will not provide the user with everything that can be learned about democracy. But it will present the core issues and principles of democracy, its practice and its values. This digital training program hopes to teach the meaning of democracy and its fundamental principles, as well as its purpose, and how it is different from other systems of government.

It is designed as a quick course to fix the basic points about democracy, its essence and some notes on conditions required for the democratic system to work.

This course will help you understand the different roles of old and new media, their use and impact in the public sphere, and to use the media as an informed citizen interacting with other media users on issues of public concern. This course focuses on media in a democracy, and emphasizes the importance of a free press in a free society. It is designed to promote responsible use of both old and new media toward helping develop a critical audience for news available on different media platforms.

The course will be facilitated by CMFR Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus and Trustee Luis V. Teodoro. Together with the CMFR team, they will provide key points which will help you better understand your right to quality information and free expression and your responsibility to hold the media accountable for abuse and misuse of their power.