With Charleaux, NGO hopes to step up dialogue with the media in the field of human rights
The international human rights NGO Conectas announced today (03/01) the appointment of the journalist João Paulo Charleaux as its new communications coordinator. With Charleaux, Conectas hopes to give even more visibility to the human rights issues, particularly those involving Brazil and the Global South countries, that it has been working on since its creation 10 years ago.
“The media is an essential element in the field of human rights. It has the power to give visibility to the violations, expose the violators, press for policies to redress the victims and hold the perpetrators responsible,” said Charleaux. “Conectas is a prominent source in this pursuit, not only due to the enormous technical rigor with which it tackles matters of domestic justice and foreign policy, but also because of its experience in the area, its proximity to the victims and its capacity to provide information and analysis with credibility and impartiality.”
Beginning in 2012, Conectas will also use the social networks Facebook and Twitter, in addition to its website, to improve contact with partner NGOs, government, civil society and other strategic commentators.
Charleaux has worked as assistant editor of the international section of the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper (2008-2011) and as a contributor to the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper (2011) in Santiago de Chile, as spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay (2001-2008) and as a reporter for the UOL portal’s international news website Opera Mundi. In recent years, he has written for Brazilian magazines such as Carta Capital, Caros Amigos and Le Monde Diplomatique Brasil, and for a number of foreign media outlets from Latin America and Europe.
For the past 10 years, Charleaux has coordinated courses on Journalism in Armed Conflict and other Violent Situations staged in São Paulo by the ICRC, the Oboré agency, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) and São Paulo’s main schools of journalism, and he has also supported similar initiatives developed by the United Nations (UN) and the Training Center for Peacekeeping Missions (CiopPaz), in Rio de Janeiro (2007-2008).
João Paulo Charleaux
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