Ever since the creation of the first newspaper, the media has become part of our daily lives.

It is our source of information and entertainment.

Today, the media has managed to infiltrate just about every aspect of our lives.

So, why should it stop at human rights?

media update's Alrika Möller shines a light on how and why the media should be involved in human rights education. 

Why the media should get involved

The media is in the business of people. Its audience is people and the stories revolve around people. But not all people are educated on their human rights.

Being part of the media means you have a platform and power; everybody knows that with great power comes great responsibility.

Media outlets have a responsibility to educate people on the issues that affect them and highlight what is happening in the world.

This is where the role of education comes into play. 

How the media can educate 

Discussing human rights violations

Human rights violations happen every day. If we don't know about them, we cannot learn from them or do anything to avoid violations in the future.

When the media tells these stories, it provides a voice for those who need it. It also educates those who weren't aware of the importance of human rights and what their rights are. 

Provide correct information

It is also imperative that the media doesn't just touch on these stories but actually provides enough factual information on the topic. 

For many people, the media will be their only source on these subjects. Therefore, the media needs to do research and utilise experts to ensure that they provide people with the information they need.

The media is a big part of our lives, and it has the power to truly educate and empower.

What is the best human rights education you have seen in the media? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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The power of the media is endless. That is why it is important that they use that power responsibly. Take a look at Ethics in freelance journalism.

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