Canada's top media personalities and The Walrus join with jhr to launch new human rights essay competition

    TORONTO, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - Canada's top media personalities and The Walrus
Magazine join jhr (Journalists for Human Rights) in launching a new initiative
called Write the Wrong, Canada's largest human rights essay competition.
    Created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UN adoption of the
Declaration of the Rights of the Child, Write the Wrong encourages high school
students across Canada to write 1000 words on the subject of child rights.
    "This program strives to make human rights education a priority in
schools across Canada," says Ben Peterson, who co-founded jhr in 2002 to raise
awareness about human rights worldwide.
    Shortlisted essays will be evaluated by a jury panel of some of Canada's
top media personalities known for their expertise in human right reporting.
These include Kevin Newman, Anchor and Executive Editor, Global National;
Marci Ien, News Anchor, CTV Canada AM; Mark Kelley, Correspondent, CBC News:
The National; Sally Armstrong, Contributing Editor, Maclean's Magazine; Jared
Bland, Managing Editor, The Walrus; and Ben Peterson, Executive Director, jhr.
    The winning essay will be published on The Walrus Magazine website and on
jhr's new website The author will also receive a Mac Mini and be
invited, along with the other top 5 essay writers, to jhr's Youth Human Rights
Training Conference in August. The top 5 essays will also be published in an
e-magazine distributed across Canada in June 2009. Deadline for submissions is
Friday April 10th. For more information about the project go to

    About jhr

    jhr was co-founded in 2002 by Ben Peterson, recipient of Canada's Top 40
under 40 Award, and has become Canada's largest international media
development organization. jhr works primarily in post-conflict countries,
including the Congo (DRC), Sierra Leone and Liberia to spread human rights
awareness. In Africa, jhr's programs help reach 20 million people across 16
countries. In Canada, jhr has established 25 Chapters at post-secondary
institutions across the country, actively engaging over 20 per cent of
Canada's journalism students in human rights reporting.

    Write the Wrong is part of a number of jhr projects dedicated to engage
youth across North America in human rights awareness and education. jhr
provides various opportunities - including being published nationally,
attending regional and national student human rights training conferences and
interning overseas - to encourage today's youth to not only become human
rights reporters, but human rights educators.

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For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Page, Communications Specialist, jhr
(Journalists for Human Rights), (416) 413-0240 ext 201,

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