JHR launches new program in South Sudan
Journalists for Human Rights has launched a new project to train journalists and journalism students in South Sudan, the world’s newest country. The two-year project will see JHR trainers working alongside South Sudanese journalists to help strengthen media and increase reporting on human rights issues.
"It’s the first time that a project has actually brought together all of the media actors in the country," said David De Dau, executive director of South Sudan’s Agency for Independent Media and the project’s implementing partner. "The skills and the knowledge that journalists gain in terms of covering human rights issues in the country may actually hold the government accountable."
The initiative is supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund and it will also employ SMS technology to increase access to information in South Sudan, where an ongoing internal conflict has made it difficult for journalists to safely do their jobs. Learn more about JHR's work in South Sudan.
The South Sudan project will get its official launch in Canada at Night for Rights, a fundraising gala for Journalists for Human Rights on September 25 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Lisa LaFlamme, chief anchor at CTV national news, and Masai Ujiri, general manager of the Toronto Raptors, will co-chair the event. Buy your Night for Rights tickets now!
Samuel Awami, of Tanzania’s The Citizen newspaper, and the 2014/2015 Gordon N. Fisher/Journalists for Human Rights Fellow at Toronto’s Massey College, will give the keynote address. Awami will speak about his experiences working with Journalists for Human Rights trainers to cover major human rights issues in Tanzania.
CBC News Network host Reshmi Nair will emcee the gala, which will also feature performances by Dragonette, the Juno Award-winning Toronto electro-pop band, and Torquil Cambell, lead singer of the Montreal-based indie rock band Stars.
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