Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER) is a membership based Nigerian media pressure group founded in 1996.
The organization is committed to the defense of human rights with detailed emphasis on press freedom.
To promote and defend free speech through the lips and the pen, even when our lives are at risk.
A world order where the freedom of speech and the pen are dignified than any other weapon of human expression
THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES INCLUDES
- Defense of liberty, human rights and press freedom
- Creating human rights awareness, especially in respect of the press
- Campaigning against human rights abuses, especially in respect of the press.
- Campaigning against dictatorship and taking actions in defense of basic democratic rights.
- Providing a platform for the unheard voices and marginalized or vulnerable groups like women, indigenous communities, children and poor communities.
- Research and documentation of human rights especially in respect of the press.
- Linking up with local and international journalists, writers and human rights groups and seeking their cooperation towards the realization of the ideals of the association.
- Training of media practitioners on human rights reporting and democratic sustainability.
The Journalist for Democratic Rights (JODER) is a member of Human Rights Information Network (HURINET) coordinated by the British Council , a member of the United Action For Democracy (UAD) and the Media for Democracy Project, MFD established with the support of the Belgium based International Federation of Journalists, IFJ.
JODER has an Executive Council which is led by the Executive Director. The management team is next to the Executive Council. Next in line is the Board of Directors made up of prominent media practitioners in Nigeria. JODER has 9-member National Advisory Council (NAC) members made up of notable Nigerian professionals like Chief GaniFawehinmi, leader of JACON, Mr Douglas Oronto official of the Friends of the Earth, FoE in Nigeria, Mrs. Ayo Obe, President, Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, Mr. NosaIgiebor, Publisher of TELL Magazine, Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, Co-founder of Independent Communication, Publisher of the News/Tempo and PM News, worked for Panos Institute, in the United States and latter Country Director, Freedom House, Nigeria.