JHR Present Sierra Leone Human Rights Reporting Awards

December 10 was International Human Rights Day, and jhr celebrated by presenting awards for the best human rights stories produced in Sierra Leone. The stories were produced by journalists during an eight-week reporting workshop focused around the 2012 general elections. These stories contributed to a peaceful and transparent election, and heightened the awareness of human rights during this crucial period.

It was a difficult decision for the panel of judges from jhr, UNIPSIL and the Independent Media Commission. In the end, there could only be four – two from print and two from electronic media.

International Human Rights Day with (from left to right) jhr Sierra Leone Country Director Yeama Thompson, award-winners Sallieu Sesay, Lansana Mansaray, Mariama Bah, and Hassan Bangura, and UNIPSIL Secretary General, Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen.

Read the stories here:

Hassan Bangura of Salone Times Newspaper – A Call for Equal Representation of People with Disabilities in Government

Sallieu Sesay of the Torchlight Newspaper – Sallieu Sesay – Ahead of the November 17th Polls, Blind Feel Neglected 

Listen to the Stories here:

Lansana Mansaray of Skyy FM – Lansana Mansaray – Violence and Security for Women During the Election

Mariama Bah of Cotton Tree News – Mariama Bah – The Rights of Blind Voters

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