In the DRC, JHR staff are based in Kinshasa and Bukavu. Staff train journalists across the country. JHR supports reporters and journalism students, helping them put their skills into practice to make human rights radio and TV documentaries.
In the lead-up to an expected presidential election in 2016, JHR’s team will be focusing on increasing non-partisan election reporting across the country.
JHR's work in the DRC is supported by the Flatley Family Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the US Embassy in Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
In partnership with the Community Media Network and the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists, JHR is training journalists and journalism students in human rights reporting and data journalism. Headquartered in Amman, JHR's work has a national reach. Using data to inform coverage of freedom of expression violations, human rights and gender discrimination, JHR-trained journalists are strengthening the media sector and expanding public dialogue on human rights.
JHR's work in Jordan is supported by the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative and the United Nations Democracy Fund.
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Middle East and North Africa
This project aims to improve government accountability in South Sudan through strengthened capacity of the media to report on issues of importance to South Sudanese citizens. Through a mentoring approach, Journalists for Human Rights trains South Sudanese journalists to report on issues of service delivery, such as education, health and governance, using an approach that includes participatory reporting, non-discriminatory language, and how to put a human face on the issues. Training is based in local media houses so that capacity built through the project benefits local media directly. Media managers are also provided with increased capacity to run and manage their own organizations. The project works with representatives of the Government of South Sudan and civil society to facilitate increased understanding of the role of media in democracy and governance.
JHR has trained 165 South Sudanese journalists on human rights reporting. Enhanced and developed the skills of 13 media managers on leadership, human rights reporting and the utilization of the SMS technology.
Successfully, an academic curriculum is finalized for the University of Juba on how to teach human rights reporting. The first report that assesses the right to access information in the country was generated.
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The Indigenous Reporters Program (IRP) is JHR’s first development program focusing its activities on Canadian soil. Scaled from the successful Northern Ontario Initiative pilot program, the Indigenous Reporters Program has two goals: 1) to build opportunities for Indigenous peoples to pursue careers in media, ultimately strengthening the Indigenous voice in Canadian media, and 2) to ensure that non-Indigenous journalists are trained in best practices for reporting on Indigenous people, culture and issues. Through improving the quality and quantity of Indigenous voices and stories in the Canadian media, JHR is ensuring that the wider populace is better informed on these topics. This improved understanding is essential for true reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.
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The project, based in Turkey, will help build the skills and strengths of these journalists and ensure the sustainability of a selected number of independent Syrian media outlets. The training of journalists is designed to foster inclusive and informed public dialogue on human rights, while countering hate speech.
The project will also work with media managers to help build sustainable business plans so they can work independently and create opportunities for public dialogue on human rights and democracy.
The Syrian Arab Republic, in civil conflict since 2011, has not enjoyed a free media in decades. Media outlets exist in an atmosphere of harassment and fear. A strong and free media is critical to act as an independent referee between the state and the broad society and for the public to be freely informed.
The project is designed to address this problem directly through helping media outlets expand their audience share and revenue base.
JHR trainers will also work with Syrian journalists to enhance their skills to produce unbiased, and accurate news stories on human rights, democracy and governance issues, including the use of data journalism tools and new technology.
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JHR, in partnership with the University of the Witswaterand and Ryerson University launched the Journalism and Media Lab (JAMLAB) to consider new ideas in media and new media business models. The JAMLAB is a six-month hothouse accelerator programme for journalism and media innovators. It will provide teams with the tools, facilities, contacts, and support necessary to realize their ideas and ambitions.
For more on the JAMLAB and to read stories from the field, click here.
With the support of the United Nations Democracy Fund, in 2018, JHR initiated a two-year pilot project in Mali to strengthen the media’s ability to foster inclusive and fact-based public dialogue on human rights, gender equality, and good governance issues. The project seeks to empower the media to play its role in promoting public accountability an essential component of strong democracies. Union Des Radios et Télévisions Libres du Mali (URTEL), Maison de la Presse, and the School of Journalism in Bamako, Mali have partnered with JHR to further this initiative. Together, JHR and its partners will build the capacity of the media sector through a wide variety of activities such as training workshops and mentorships programs that target journalists, media managers, journalism students, and media institutions; the goal is to embed ethical journalistic practices and inclusive policies and procedures within media institutions. The project will also help the general public better understand their rights and support the protection and promotion of these rights.
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