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Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is Canada's leading media development organization. When media puts the spotlight on human rights, people start to talk about the issues and demand change. When human rights are protected, authorities are more accountable and peoples' lives get better.

Important jhr Updates

JHR Expands Project in Jordan

Media trainers work on a group assignment during the first advanced human rights reporting training session held in Amman on December 3 - 4JHR is pleased to announce that the project Increased Citizen Dialogue through Strengthened Media in Jordan will expand with support from the United Nations Democracy Fund.

JHR's project  works with journalists in Jordan to cover human rights stories and increase public awareness of local issues.

The expanded project will use data journalism tools and techniques to help reporters cover local human rights stories more effectively. Journalists will use the Maidan app, a JHR-developed crowd-sourcing smart phone tool to collect data for their stories.

The expanded project will run over two years in partnership with the Jordan Media Institute and Community Media Network, and with pre-existing support from the US Middle East Partnership Initiative. 

Learn more about JHR's work in Jordan.

Photo: Media trainers work on a group assignment during an advanced human rights reporting training workshop in Amman on December 3 - 4


 


Fighting Ebola in Liberia – frontline reporting in a crisis

 Kolubah Akoi didn’t start out to be a hero.

But when the Ebola crisis hit Lofa County in Northern Liberia in July, instead of fleeing, the JHR-trained journalist decided to stay and report on the impacts of the devastating disease.

Kolubah credits his JHR training for giving him both the skills and the courage to stay and report on the epidemic.

“I said to myself, I was trained as a Human Rights Journalist, trained to serve humanity,” he explains. “As a Human Rights trained journalist, there are human rights issues that need to be reported and if I leave who will inform the world?"

Read Kolubah's story and learn how he is using JHR training to bring vital public health information to people in rural Liberia. 


 Image courtesy of Kolubah Akoi
 

Night for Rights Gala raises more than $100,000 for JHR!  

Last month, at the Night for Rights GalaJHR supproters raised more than $100,000 to support strong human rights journalism and JHR programs around world. 

JHR-trained reporters from Kinshasa to Beirut, from Juba to northern Ontario, are covering local human rights stories that change lives. And we couldn't support them without our amazing sponsors and the JHR community. Thank you for helping to put human rights in headlines!

See more photos from Night for Rights. Check out the Gala website. 

jhr's Success Stories

Fighting Ebola in Liberia – frontline reporting in a crisis

November 6, 2014

Kolubah Akoi didn’t start out to be a hero. But when the Ebola crisis hit Lofa County in Northern Liberia in July, instead of fleeing, the JHR-trained journalist decided to stay and report on the impacts of the devastating disease.


JHR-Trained Journalist Named Best Female Reporter at Sierra Leone National Media Awards

June 4, 2014

Mabel Kabba, a rising star at Radio Democracy, was recently named Best Female Reporter by the Sierra Leone Independent Media Commission at the annual National Media Awards. Mabel began working in Radio six years ago, and is one of five female journalists at her station. In 2013, Mabel worked with JHR Trainer Redmond Shannon on [...]