The jhr TeamJHR (Journalists for Human Rights) is Canada's leading media development organization. Our goal - to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights - is as unique as it is powerful. Since JHR's founding in 2002 the organization has worked tirelessly to strengthen independent media in sub-Saharan Africa by building the capacity of local journalists to report ethically and effectively on human rights and good governance issues. JHR's work ensures the media can play its rightful role as a referee between state and civil society. The more people are aware and free to discuss human rights, the more they will hold their governments to account, leading to improved public services, less corruption, better economic opportunities and stronger democratic processes. Between 2002 and 2010, JHR has:
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Danny Glenwright joined JHR in 2014. He was previously at Xtra newspaper, where he was Managing Editor since 2011. Danny has a background in human rights media and he previously worked with JHR as a journalism trainer in Namibia and Sierra Leone. He has a masters in international cooperation and development from Italy's Pavia University and a certificate in risk reporting from City University in the UK. Danny was also previously the editor of the Gender Links Opinion and Commentary news service in South Africa and a regular contributor to South Africa's Mail and Guardian news. He has also worked in The Palestinian Territories, Mozambique, Rwanda and the UK.
Deputy Executive Director
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Claire joined JHR in July 2012 to head the fundraising and community engagement teams. Prior to JHR, Claire worked in policy and communications at the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, ran the publications department at Peace Child International, and was an editor at the UN Environment Programme's youth magazine, Tunza. Peripatetic and eager for adventures, Claire has lived and worked in the UK, Lebanon, Falkland Islands and the wilds of downtown TorontoAs a freelance journalist, Claire has been published in The Walrus, Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, and The AV Club. If you are passionate about human rights, journalism, or good governance, Claire thinks you should become a JHR monthly donor.
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Nabin Pokharel is the JHR Financial Coordinator. Nabin has over ten years of experience in financial management, internal control, administration, community development and micro finance areas. He has worked with international development agencies such as the UN Development Programme and World Bank on projects in Nepal. Nabin has a masters degree in business administration ( MBA) from Tribhuwan University, Nepal, and advance diploma in accounting from Centennial College, Toronto, Canada. Nabin works closely with JHR's country offices and partner agencies to streamline the financial management, documentation and financial reporting processes. JHR is very pleased to have Nabin on the team!
Senior Programs Manager
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Robin has worked with JHR since 2010, starting as a human rights media trainer in Ghana, and is now a Senior Programs Manager. Robin is currently responsible for designing and overseeing multi-year programs that focus on improving governance and respect for human rights through strengthening the media sector. With a primary focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, Robin has managed programs in Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia and South Sudan, and JHR's award-winning Northern Ontario Initiative.
Prior to working with JHR, Robin worked a documentary filmmaker and has produced four documentaries to date on issues related to international development and human rights. Her films have been screened around the world and used in fundraising campaigns for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and other aid organizations. As a freelance journalist, Robin's work has been published in The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, Out There Magazine, Speak Magazine, and Xtra News. Robin Pierro received her B.A. in Journalism from Ryerson university, where she received the Joe Perlove award for the student deemed best journalist in their graduating year.
Senior Programs Manager
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Naregh has graduated from the University of Toronto with a specialist degree in History and Political Science. As a French-Armenian raised in Italy, Naregh humbly defines himself as a citizen of the world, and as such, attempts to unlock the mystery of global diversity by speaking several languages (Italian, Armenian, French, German, Russian, English) and focusing his attention on the politics, society and culture of different regions of the world. He is interested in understanding the complex dynamics shaping the near future of the globe, as well as in sticking to reality by observing how these dynamics affect real people’s lives. Besides dreaming of applying his curiosity as a reporter in a decent way, Naregh’s ultimate desire is to see greater global awareness on major issues through wider access to information.
Social Media Coordinator
Jesse joined JHR in March of 2013. He's a graduate from the University of Toronto, with an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master's of Religion. Jesse is excited to bring his previous experience in social media to JHR to help promote human rights reporting around the world. Jesse is a self-confessed Reddit addict, general internet junkie, and lover of sci fi.
Executive Director (On Leave)
Rachel has managed media development projects in Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prior to joining JHR, Rachel was a Canadian Journalism Fellow at Massey College, and a magazine journalist of 10 years' standing. She was the U.S. correspondent, editorial board member, and columnist for Canadian Business – Canada's national business news magazine. Rachel has previously held positions at Investment Executive Magazine, the Montreal Gazette, and Azure magazine, and her work has appeared in The Walrus, Toronto Life, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, Maclean's Magazine.
As a humanitarian who grew up in several developing countries, Rachel believes JHR’s mission – empowering journalists to cover local human rights issues ethically and effectively – is an excellent way to put her profession to work for a greater good. She is pleased to be part of making that mission a reality
Technology and Web Coordinator
Bryan provides IT, design, web services and project management for non-profits and social enterprise.
Freddy Mata Matundu
Country Director, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Passionate about defending the rights of those marginalized, Freddy Mata, was trained as a journalist at the Institut Facultaire des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication in Kinshasa, DRC’s main journalism school. His journalistic career began in 2006 at Congo Top FM, a major radio station in Kinshasa.
His interest in issues of violence against women and girls, child abuse and illiteracy, pushed him to report from the most remote neighbourhoods of Kinshasa and regions most hit by tremendous human rights violations, including Orientale and Southern and Northern Kivus. Realizing the power of the microphone, Freddy, a graduate in social communication, initiated projects to raise awareness amongst the Congolese on topics such as HIV/AIDS, gender-based sexual violence, reproductive health, child soldiers and ‘child sorcerers’. He continues his fight for human rights alongside Top Congo FM’s journalists.
A jhr Fellowship recipient in 2009, Freddy Mata, along Larissa Diakanua, is the first Congolese journalist ever awarded with the prestigious Lorenzo Natali Prize (Radio) by the European Union in 2010 on the issue of the marginalized and abused ‘child sorcerers’. This recognition caused Congolese journalists to show interest in human rights reporting and drew the attention of international institutions to one of the worst nightmares experienced by African children.
Freddy became jhr Country Director for the DRC in 2010, and has since contributed tremendously to the success of jhr in one of the most challenging environments in which jhr has ever operated.
JHR | DRC Team
Doudou Nzio Mboma
Program Assistant (Kinshasa)
Born in Kinshasa in 1977, I grew up with the dream of becoming a doctor. While studying at the University of Kinshasa, theatre entered into my life, so I chose to set my white coat aside and jump on stage. I am now an actor and a story-teller. Few years ago, I founded along with some friends a NGO promoting the rights of the hearing-impaired people, CPPS, even through the theatre. I have been working for JHR since June 2012.
Student Coordinator (Kinshasa)
I have been working as a professional journalist, reporter, producer and presenter for the past 10 years. Founder and coordinator of « Collectif des Femmes One », a women association promoting an increased visibility of women through the media, I participated to several training workshops on human rights journalism and been awarded with the Prix JDH (JHR Award) in 2010 for a story I produced on the access to water. I started working for JHR with the student chapters in June 2012.
Papy Tonde Angonge
Logistician / Driver, Kinshasa
A professional mechanic, I started working for JHR since its very first day of operations in the DRC, back in 2007, so I've seen it all - including our daily adventures through the bumps and holes of our crazy and fascinating Kinshasa's streets.
Prince Murhula Mushagalusa
Founder and director of JHR’s implementing partner in Eastern DRC, Journalistes pour la promotion de la démocratie et des droits humains.
I graduated in Law in 2009 at the University of Bukavu (South Kivu). Since I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a journalist. At 17, I started working for a local radio station, “Radio Maria”, where I stayed until 2012 as presenter, reporter and editor-in-chief. In December 2010, I won the Prix JDH (JHR Award). With a renewed perspective on responsible journalism, I founded right after the award a network of journalists in South Kivu, “Journalistes pour la promotion de la démocratie et des droits humains” (Journalists for the promotion of democracy and human rights – JPDDH). My organization strives to promote quality journalism on issues related to human rights and democracy in our local media and communities.
JHR's Board of Directors:
Anthony Wilson-Smith, Board Chair
For the past seven years, Anthony has held senior executive positions first at a federal Crown Corporation and, more recently, at one of Canada's largest financial institutions.
During this time, he has also been active on the not-for-profit front, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and in the community fund-raising and mental health support sectors. Prior to this, he had a distinguished and award-winning career in journalism as a best-selling author, columnist, foreign correspondent, television and radio commentator and as Editor of one of Canada's largest print publications. During his time in journalism, he worked in all of Canada's provinces and territories as well as reporting from more than 35 countries.
A bilingual native Montrealer, he graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Political Science) and also successfully completed Russian Language studies at The Russian School in Northfield, Vermont.
Wojciech Gryc, Board Treasurer
Wojciech Gryc is an Associate at McKinsey & Company in Toronto, where has a strong focus on using analytics to drive marketing, sales, and internal business processes. Wojciech’s past client work includes launching data-enabled marketing campaigns for a bank, developing a social media strategy, and optimizing supply chains. His clients are mainly within Financial Services and Energy.
Prior to McKinsey, Wojciech completed two MSc degrees (Mathematical Modelling and Social Science of the Internet) at the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He has also spent time working at IBM Research, and has a number of publications and patent applications around data mining and social media.
Outside of academia, Wojciech spent 7 years as the founder and director of Five Minutes to Midnight, an international NGO dedicated to getting youth involved in human rights through media and journalism. His non-profit work has allowed him to run projects in Chad, Kenya, Brazil, Nepal, and other countries.
Helen Hambly, Board Secretary
Helen Hambly Odame is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on communication and learning processes in agriculture, environment and rural development, both internationally and in Canada. Gender analysis of household and community issues in rural areas has also been a focus of her work.
Internationally, she is involved in research on rural radio in Africa, agroforestry extension in Ghana and more theoretical work on systems of innovation in Africa. In Canada, she concentrates on rural broadband in Ontario and community media partnerships between First Nations and Africa.
Helen is currently a Board member of Farm Radio International. She is a founding member of the Gender in Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) and a member of the Consortium for Communication for Social Change University Network.
Michael Cooke was appointed Editor of the Toronto Star on March 1, 2009. Michael was raised near Lancaster in Northern England and began his career at age 17 as an apprentice reporter. He moved on to work in and around London’s Fleet Street, and at Bristol’s Western Daily Press and emigrated in 1974 to Toronto where he became assistant national editor at The Star, Canada's largest newspaper. In 1977, Michael moved to The Gazette in Montreal where he served as assistant city editor, city editor and co-managing editor. Michael moved to The Edmonton Journal in 1992 as managing editor and became editor in chief of The Vancouver Province in 1995.
During the winter and spring of 1998, Michael was one of a team of founding editors of Canada’s new national newspaper, The National Post. And, for the summer of 1998, Michael served as the last editor of The Financial Post. He supervised the paper’s merger with the new national newspaper. During both periods, Michael continued to edit The Province, commuting between Toronto and Canada’s west coast.
In 2000, Michael was named editor in chief of the Chicago Sun-Times and was appointed editor in chief of the New York Daily News in January of 2005, returning to Chicago as Vice-President of Editorial for the Chicago Sun-Times news Group (100 titles) in 2006. Michael was also re-appointed editor in chief of the Sun-Times in the fall of 2006.
Troy Reeb is a Canadian journalist who currently serves as Vice President of News for all Shaw Media properties, including Global TV. Reeb was promoted to the Global network's top news job in June, 2008 after returning to the Toronto head office in September, 2006. Previously, he served as an on-air correspondent, most notably as Global’s bureau chief in Washington DC, and as a political reporter in the network’s Ottawa bureau.
Ben Peterson, Co-founder and Board Chair Emeritus
Ben Peterson co-founded jhr (Journalists for Human Rights) in 2002, and served as its Executive Director until 2011. During that period, jhr grew into Canada's largest international media development organization. Under Ben’s leadership, jhr worked across 15 different countries in sub-Saharan Africa and built one of Canada’s strongest student leadership networks.
Ben has a BA in Economics and a BAH in Political Studies from Queen's University, and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Ben has received many national and international awards for his work, including Canada's Top 40 under 40 Award, the Action Canada Fellowship and the Queen's University Alumni Humanitarian Award. A published author and accomplished public speaker, Ben and the work of jhr have been featured in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and on the CBC among others media outlets.