Danny Glenwright Appointed Interim Executive Director of Journalists for Human Rights

TORONTO, May 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), Canada's leading media development organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Danny Glenwright, an award winning journalist and human rights advocate, as Interim Executive Director. Prior to his appointment, effective June 23, Mr. Glenwright was Managing Editor of Xtra Newspaper in Toronto.

Mr. Glenwright 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.

Prior to Xtra, 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.

"Danny brings to JHR an ideal mix of experience, intelligence, ideas and enthusiasm," said JHR Board Chair Anthony Wilson-Smith. "We are delighted he is joining us and look to him to keep moving ahead in terms of expanding and enhancing our organization and programs."

As Interim Executive Director, Mr. Glenwright will lead the implementation of JHR's strategic growth plan and will oversee the expansion of JHR's media development training in Canada, the Middle East, and Africa during Executive Director Rachel Pulfer's maternity leave.

"JHR is thrilled that Danny is coming on board, at a time of exciting change for the organization. We are looking forward to seeing how he harnesses JHR's extraordinary potential in the year ahead," said Rachel Pulfer.


Notes for Editors:

Journalists for Human Rights (www.jhr.ca) is Canada's leading media development organization. JHR helps journalists build their capacity to report ethically and effectively on human rights and governance issues in their communities. Since 2002, JHR has trained over 12,500 journalists whose stories have reached over 50 million people.

JHR currently has projects in Jordan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Northern Ontario.

SOURCE jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)

For further information:

Claire Hastings, Director of Community Engagement at claire@jhr.ca, 416 413 0240 ext. 206