Canada's leading media development organization launches a new project
in Jordan, contributes to an international reporting guide, and
announces a new partnership with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) marks Human Rights Day 2013 with several major new projects to
increase media coverage of human rights issues around the world.
Today, JHR launches a new, two-year project, based in Amman, Jordan. The
project will train 100 journalists and journalism students, and will
gather data on freedom of expression violations and gender
discrimination - strengthening the Jordanian media and increasing
data-based human rights coverage
"In Jordan, especially in the case of human rights issues, there is a
strong need for facts supported by data in a largely opinion-based
media," explained Naregh Galoustian, JHR Program Manager. "This work
will expand public dialogue on human rights in Jordan through the power
In Jordan, JHR will work with the Jordan Media Institute, Community
Media Network and the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists. The
project is supported by the U. S. Middle East Partnership Initiative.
Also launching today is A Reporter's Guide to Covering the Millennium Development Goals, a new publication from the International Press Institute. JHR's Executive Director, Rachel Pulfer, contributed a chapter on the international impact of MDG coverage, offering tips and tricks
for journalists to transform worthy statistics and stories into
Later this month, JHR will begin a new partnership with the CBC,
contributing to its new Aboriginal-focused website, cbc.ca/aboriginal. With CBC, JHR will publish stories about Aboriginal youth leadership
projects commissioned from leading Aboriginal youth journalists across
Canada. The stories, produced in collaboration with the The Tyee, are part of the Leading Together series, a venture supported by the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation.
"JHR is thrilled to be working with the CBC to publish excellent
Aboriginal journalism. This is a strong part of JHR's ongoing
commitment to strengthening Aboriginal journalistic talent in Canada,"
explained Rachel Pulfer, JHR Executive Director.
JHR's work strengthens journalists and media organizations to report
ethically and effectively on human rights stories. On Human Rights Day,
it is more important than ever to keep human rights in headlines.
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, Sierra Leone, the Democratic
Republic of Congo, Ghana, Tanzania, and Northern Ontario.
SOURCE: jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)
For further information:
please contact Claire Hastings, JHR's Director of Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org, 416 413 0240 ext. 206
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