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

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 the Jordan Media Institute, 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. 

In 2013 - 2014, JHR's work in Jordan is supported by the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative. 

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 set to expand into a 3-year program. The 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. 

In 2013 - 2014, JHR's Northern Ontario Initiative was supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation and Accenture. 

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.


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Danny Glenwright Appointed JHR Interim Executive Director

Journalists for Human Rights is pleased to announce the appointment of Danny Glenwright, an award winning journalist and human rights advocate, as Interim Executive Director.

Mr. Glenwright will join JHR on June 23 and will lead the team during Executive Director Rachel Pulfer's maternity leave. 

Prior to JHR, Mr. Glenwright was Managing Editor of Xtra Newspaper in Toronto, and has previously worked with JHR in Namibia and Sierra Leone. As a journalist he covered stories on children’s rights, economic inequality, and gender-based violence, and has contributed to South Africa's Mail and Guardian news.
“As a journalism student I helped start the first JHR chapter at Ryerson University in 2003,” said Mr. Glenwright, “so it’s an honour to now be leading the organization as it continues to grow in Canada and around the world.”
Mr. Glenwright has a master’s degree in international cooperation and development from Italy's Pavia University and a certificate in risk reporting from City University in the UK. Mr. Glenwright was the editor of Gender Links news service in South Africa, and has previously worked in The Palestinian Territories, Mozambique, Rwanda and the UK.

Mr. Glenwright is recognized as a leading voice in gay rights and the role of media as a force for social change.

JHR is thrilled to welcome Mr. Glenwright back to the team. 

JHR Launches New Scholarship for Aboriginal Journalists

Journalists for Human Rights and Loyalist College are proud to announce a new scholarship opportunity for emerging Aboriginal journalists in Ontario.

The JHR and Loyalist College Aboriginal Reporters Scholarship will give two emerging Aboriginal journalists the opportunity to attend the Loyalist-Trent eight-week summer institute in journalism.
Scholarship recipients will study the fundamentals of reporting and technical journalism skills with students enrolled in the Trent-Loyalist Joint Major in Journalism.

Scholarship recipients will be selected from a talented pool of candidates who have participated in community-based media training during JHR’s Northern Ontario Initiative.

The Loyalist-Trent Summer Institute in Journalism will take place at Loyalist College Campus in Belleville, Ontario throughout May and June 2014. The scholarship will cover participants’ tuition and accommodation costs for the duration of the program.

Photo: JHR trainer Kimberly Stinson (center) leads a photography session with JHR project participants in Fort Severn.
Courtesy of Robin Pierro