jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)
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Where jhr works
JHR works mainly in post-conflict countries where human rights abuses are still common. JHR's programs help rebuild local media communities largely destroyed by war and ensure they act as effective vehicles for human rights information now and in the years to come.

  • DRC
  • Jordan
  • South Sudan
  • Northern Ontario
JHR in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
jhr QUICK FACTS Population: 66,514,504
Life Expectancy: 53.98 years
HIV/AIDS Prevalence: 4.2%
GDP per Capita: $300
Rank in Human Development Index: 168 out of 177 countries

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has a long and unfortunate history. Few countries on earth have faced more heartache. More people have died from the effects of war in the DRC (over 5 million people) than from any other conflict since the Second World War.

While a relative peace has returned to much of the country since signing peace accords in 2003, parts of the country—especially Eastern DRC—are still highly volatile. Human rights abuses of all kinds are still commonplace.

Responding to an urgent call for more human rights efforts there, JHR opened an office in the DRC in early 2008, based in the capital city Kinshasa. JHR's work in the DRC is focused on working alongside local journalists, editors, owners and NGOs to facilitate the following activities:
  • Monthly workshop series
  • Workshops with students
  • Small grants program for local NGOs
  • Fellowships for local journalists
  • Yearly Human Rights Reporting Awards
  • Human Rights Reporting Network
In 2013 - 2014, JHR's work in the Democratic Republic of Congo is supported by the Flatley Family Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy, the US Embassy in Democratic Republic of Congo, and Australian Agency for International Development. 

JHR in Jordan

 7.9 million
Capital City: Amman
Language: Arabic
Human Development Index Rank: 100 out of 187

JHR's work in Jordan is based in the Amman and has a national reach. In partnership with Jordanian organizations such as the Community Media Network and the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists, JHR is training 100 journalists and journalism students in human rights reporting and data journalism.

Using data to inform journalism coverage of freedom of expression violations, human rights and gender discrimination, JHR-trained journalists in Jordan will strengthen the media sector and expand public dialouge on human rights. 

March 19, 2015: 
Due to recent events, Journalists for Human Rights's board and management have put our relationship with the Jordan Media Institute under review. We are taking this action to ensure that the relationship lives up to Journalists for Human Rights’ ethical standards and core principles, and to the high standards associated with our longstanding partnership with the Government of Canada and other valued donors.

In 2015, JHR's work in Jordan is supported by the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative and the United Nations Democracy Fund. 



JHR in South Sudan

 8.2 million
Capital City: Juba
Independence: 9 July 2011
Official Language: English

In July 2014, JHR launched our first program in South Sudan, "Democracy and Human Rights through Information and Communication Technology: Strengthened Media in South Sudan." That's a big title and JHR has big goals for the two-year program. Working with local partners, the Agency for Independent Media and the Catholic Radio Network, JHR will train journalists in one of the world's newest countries on human rights and governance reporting. 

Journalists and journalism students throughout South Sudan will have the opportunity to participate in skills training workshops and professional mentorship sessions focussing on elections coverage, gender rights, and access to information. Using new technology tools, journalists will collaborate on stories of national scope and their coverage will increase public awareness of human rights in South Sudan. 

JHR's work in South Sudan is supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund. 
JHR in Northern Ontario
300,000: Aboriginal people in Ontario
2%: Aboriginal per cent of Ontario population
6: Communities JHR worked in, 2013/14
48: Journalists trained in first year of JHR's program


In 2013, JHR launched our first Canadian media development program, the Northern Ontario Initiative. With 12 years of international media development training experience, JHR took the best and most effective techniques and brought them home to increase human rights awareness in Canada. 

The Northern Ontario Initiative works with journalists and students in remote Aboriginal communities to build their reporting skills and help them pitch stories to local and national media. Project participants work with JHR trainers in workshops and through individiual mentorship to build their professional skills and they can continue learning through www.dibaajimo.com, JHR's Aboriginal-focused online learning portal. 

After a successful one-year pilot project, the Northern Ontario Initiative is to expanding into a 3-year program in 2014. This new program will bring journalism training to more communities, establish a journalism course that teaches best practice in covering Aboriginal communities, offer media internships to project participants, and train non-Aboriginal journalists in ethical and effective techniques to cover Aboriginal people, issues and communities. 

JHR's work with Aboriginal Canadians is supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Accenture, the RBC Foundation, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and Canadian Commission for UNESCO. 
jhr in Ghana
Ghana was jhr's first 5-year program, with activities beginning in 2003 and wrapping up in May 2008.

After several decades of coups and military leadership, Ghana's constitution was adopted in 1992. While the country has long been an example of positive democratic development in West Africa, many challenges remain with regards to local awareness of human rights and social justice.

To help address these issues, jhr worked alongside local journalists, editors, owners and NGOs to facilitate the following activities:
  • Formal Workshops
  • Student Workshops
  • Daily on-the-job training
  • Informal Workshops
  • Human Rights Reporting Awards
  • Train the Trainers
  • Human Rights Reporting Network
jhr handed off many of its programs to local journalism associations and organizations, including the Human Rights Reporting Award, Train-the-Trainers and the Human Rights Reporting Network.


"Media in Congo"
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Deadline: June 1, 2012
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Get ready to celebrate the transformative power of human rights journalism at Night for Rights 2015.On Thursday, October 1st 2015, don’t miss one of Toronto’s best benefit galas and an opportunity to create change in Canada and around the world.

When media puts the spotlight on human rights, positive change happens. When human rights are protected, people’s lives get better. Journalists for Human Rights empowers journalists to cover human rights stories objectively and effectively. 

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Empowering Indigenous voices in Canadian media

There's no lack of stories that need to be told from northern Ontario's remote Indigenous communities. But what is lacking, are skilled reporters to tell those important stories. 
But that changes this week. JHR, in partnership with the Wawatay Native Communications Society, is sending three journalism trainers to work in remote Indigenous communities in northern Ontario. A fourth trainer will start in May.
The trainers will live in their host communities for eight months and will provide skills training and mentorship to community members who want to pursue careers in journalism. This training will help build reporting skills in radio, print, and online reporting. Stories produced by community members will be featured through the Wawatay Native Communications Society radio network and print publications and in other Canadian media outlets. 

Meet the new JHR trainers!