Understanding the Right to Freedom of Expression
The primer is the result of a unique partnership between JHR and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (IHRP). “We are excited to provide accessible information to journalists about their rights under international law”, said Renu Mandhane, then executive director of the International Human Rights Program, now Ontario’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner. “There is nothing else like this available in the world today.”
“The launch of this primer marks the first time such a document has been developed for journalists to better appreciate and understand their right to free expression, and their crucial role in ensuring that right is respected worldwide,” said JHR Executive Director Rachel Pulfer.
The primer was written by Katie Bresner a law student who was enrolled in the IHRP’s award-winning legal clinic, and edited by Mandhane, JHR’s Senior Programs Manager Naregh Galoustian, and former JHR trainer and CBC journalist Bonnie Allen. “The primer is specifically designed to make international human rights law accessible to our network of journalists worldwide,” said Pulfer. “Sharing this extraordinarily valuable and unique document with JHR’s community of support will be one of the highlights of the night.”
Free press is often taken for granted, but is a necessary platform for human rights. JHR recognizes this platform by training journalists, using documents such as this one, to empower journalists to cover human rights stories ethically and objectively.
To read the primer please click here.