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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

 

Building bridges between Indigenous communities and journalists 
JHR and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres are partnering on a series of workshops to bring Indigenous communities and journalists together.  

Friendship Centres throughout Ontario will host the workshops, which will provide Indigenous community members and journalists opportunities to discuss challenges they face when working together and identify solutions to improve communication and relationships between the two groups.
 
Workshops will be held in Thunder Bay, Kenora, Sudbury and North Bay from February 27 through March 9. JHR and the OFIFC will also facilitate workshops in Hamilton, London, Ottawa and Toronto later in 2015. 

Learn more about the workshops


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

 

 

 

 

jhr's Success Stories

Putting human rights on the feature page in South Sudan

January 16, 2015

Parach Mach, a young reporter with The Juba Telegraph newspaper, decided to take a bold step. Using skills he learned from JHR trainers, Parach decided to investigate the ongoing impact of South Sudan’s civil war on children.


Strong human rights reporting brings award to former JHR partner, Front Page Africa


For the staff at Front Page Africa, the news that they had won the 2014 press award from Reporters without Borders was an acknowledgement that their work and their efforts towards a free press in Liberia was making a difference. “It is a really fulfilling experience to learn that our work exposing the ills in [...]