Human Rights Reporting Workshop

The Human Rights Legal Case Reporting and Monitoring training program for journalists to report on legal cases

The Human Rights Legal Case Reporting and Monitoring training program for journalists to report on legal cases, notably political and freedom of expression matters, as well as human rights issues, is now halfway complete. This is to enhance the public’s ability to monitor the judicial process and ensure that the procedure is transparent.

In recent years, the number of political and human rights cases, especially those involving freedom of speech, has surged. Human rights lawyers and the media must both adjust in order to learn about these situations. This is evidenced by the rise of new news outlets such as iLaw and the Thai Lawyer for Human Rights.

Nevertheless, there are a number of lawsuits and related stories that have not been widely publicized. For instance, security matters in the deep south and Article 112 cases. In addition, there are new phenomena that both lawyers and the media must comprehend in order to report these developments in a more understandable manner. Apparently, training in legal case reporting would complement this.

On 12-13 December 2022, Cross Cultural Foundation and Nuannoi Thammasatien jointly hosted the Human Rights Reporting Workshop, at which more than ten media agency representatives and at least eight speakers participated.

The program covered five major topics:

– A general overview of legal court procedure
– Cases of political defamation, particularly those under Articles 112 and 116, pertaining to the dissemination of messages
– Understanding the deep south’s special laws and security cases, with an emphasis on death inquiry cases
– Characteristics of defamatory writing
– Challenges of reporting human rights lawsuits

As a result of the workshop, participants felt that their understanding of each issue, from standard legal court procedure to new phenomena, had greatly advanced. It is acknowledged that media freedom is one of the factors that ensure the transparency of the justice system. Simultaneously, the participants were made aware of limitations that impede the media’s access to litigation-related information.

There was a session in which participants shared their thoughts and professional experiences, resulting in a more comprehensive understanding of reporting human rights legal matters.

The Cross Cultural Foundation would like to thank the British Embassy for supporting this event, as well as the speakers and participants who shared their perspectives and contributed to this wonderful project. The materials of the training will be gathered for future dissemination to the public.