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
 
jhr QUICK FACTS

Population:
 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
 
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Population:
 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
 
jhr QUICK FACTS
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. 

In 2013 - 2014, JHR's work with Aboriginal Canadians was supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Accenture, the RBC Foundation, and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. 
     
 
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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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.


Applications open: Bursaries and internships for Indigenous journalists and journalism students

Are you an Indigenous Canadian studying journalism or media at a post-secondary level? Recent graduate looking for professional experience?

Apply for a JHR bursary to support your studies or career!

JHR's new Indigenous Reporters Program is expanding diversity in Canadian media by supporting Indigenous students and journalists. Learn more about the bursary and internship program.

The bursary and scholarship program is possible through the generous support of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Want to know more about how JHR is working with Indigenous people? Get the details!


Image courtesy of Robin Pierro