3-day capacity building training of mass media representatives in the field of human rights protection, court monitoring, impartial coverage of court cases and other issues, the freedom of speech vs hate speech took place on October 3–5, 2019․
The goal of the training was to build the capacities of mass media representatives in the field of human rights protection, prevention of stigma and discrimination, usage of the freedom of speech unless it becomes hate speech, impartial coverage of court cases and other issues.
On the first day of the training legal expert Anahit Mkrtchyan, attorney, lawyer at New Generation Humanitarian NGO, presented the topic of Prevention of Stigma and Discrimination. During the presentation of the topic prohibition of discrimination in international and domestic documents, grounds, types and manifestations of discrimination were discussed.
The next day Anahit Mkrtchyan presented the topic of Freedom of Speech vs Hate Speech. The concepts of freedom of speech and hate speech, the difference between them, human rights protection mechanisms, prohibition for hate speech were discussed within the frames of the topic.
On the third day Arman Gharibyan, co-founder of Human Rights Power NGO, lecturer at Yerevan State University, presented the topic of Coverage of Court Cases, presented the judicial system of Armenia, method of correct coverage of court cases, the journalist’s work in court.
All the training sessions included theoretical information and practical activities, workshops. They were full of active discussions, questions and answers, interactive games and video screenings.