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What is Rights Media?

  • What is Rights Rights Media
  • The Rights Based Approach

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jhr believes that a healthy media sector is a prerequisite for a healthy society. To achieve this we provide the platform for local media practitioners to produce effective Rights Media.

Rights Media is the process of writing, collecting, editing, producing and distributing media that creates societal dialogue on human rights issues.

Rights Media mainstreams human rights content into everyday news stories. For instance, a newspaper could create a section specifically on children's rights, or it could encourage its sports, business or even entertainment reporters to cover the human rights angles hidden within their stories.

Rights Media must be both ethical and objective to be effective. The credibility of the media-practitioners, journalists, news outlets and sources involved is crucial. All sides of rights issues - the good and bad - should be explored.

At its best, Rights Media is what the media should be. It is objective, entertaining, informative and life-changing. It shapes the way people see themselves and the outside world. It appeals to our higher instincts, not our base one.

Rights Media is a necessary and vital component of all international development efforts. Without a thriving local journalism sector, there can be no effective means of communication between citizens and their governments. Good governance and respect for human rights depends on effective media that has the ability to create and inspire real change.
The Rights Based Approach (RBA) is an approach to development that is supported by the UN as an integral means of conducting sustainable development. It is based on international human rights standards and is directed towards promoting, enforcing and protecting the presence of human rights. The aim of the RBA is to integrate established human rights standards into the discussions, policies, conventions, and processes that address development.

To ensure that rights media is effective in creating change, jhr training activities focus on developing the journalism skills required to produce rights media that incorporates elements of the rights based approach.


Rights Media Framework

The voices of all involved are offered in the story: Rights media ensures that not only the events, but also the voices of those affected by the events are presented in the story.
Duty bearers and right violators are held accountable: Rights media ensures that those responsible are asked to speak to the rights violation or abuse.
Journalists do not discriminate when producing a story: Rights media does not discriminate by valuing one human right over another or group of peoples over another.
The media can empower the public: Rights media is accessible by the communities of those affected by the issue.
Stories include sources which link the event to human rights: Rights media ensures that human right stories source human right doctrines relevant to the event and community.
 
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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 Expands Project in Jordan

JHR 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 (UNDEF).

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.