Jan 16 2021: Aleppo TV Connects People with Mental Health Services

This week’s highlights

  • JHR Partners with Aleppo TV to Broadcast a Series of Human Rights Stories
  • Launching Press Forward – The future of Canadian Journalism
  • THANK YOU for helping us Celebrate the Disruptors this Holiday Season!
  • Indigenous Journalists! Apply Here for Paid Opportunities to Work with Leading Media Across Canada!

Media connects: Saleh Hamdo receives specialized therapy after war injury

Photo Credit: Aleppo TV
JHR has partnered with Aleppo TV to produce a series of human rights stories in early December. The outlet broadcasted the story of Saleh Hamdo, who suffers from mental disability due to injury in his head during the Syrian conflict. The story also highlighted the suffering of Saleh’s mother and wife during the COVID-19 crisis, and how the lack of support exacerbates their problems and challenges.

In the latest episode, Aleppo TV invited Daahar Zadan, the regional director of Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations (UOSSM) as a guest to discuss Saleh’s case and other similar cases. The UOSSM is a coalition of humanitarian, non-governmental, and medical organizations from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Turkey that support Syrian refugees. Daahar Zadan offered the physical and psychological services to Saleh at UOSSOM center in Gazientab; a life changing event for Saleh and his family. You can watch the episodes (in Arabic): here, and here.

Launching Press Forward – The future of Canadian Journalism

Photo Credit: Press Forward

JHR is proud to present the launch of Press Forward, a new national association that aims to unify, elevate and advocate for independent journalism organizations in Canada.
JHR incubated the project, with the support of a grant from the Trottier Family Foundation. “The future of Canadian media lies in reader-supported, community-oriented independent journalism. This critical part of the media sector needed to organize to speak with a clear voice about the way forward for media in Canada,” says Rachel Pulfer, executive director of Journalists for Human Rights. “JHR convenes media into organized networks overseas to make common cause and speak with one voice; in 2019, we saw a need to do the same at home. Press Forward is the result.”

THANK YOU for helping us Celebrate the Disruptors this Holiday Season!

THANK YOU to everyone who helped us Celebrate the Disruptors this holiday season! We blew through our goal and raised $73,421!
We are so grateful to each of you for the incredible amount of generosity you have shown since we launched our campaign on #GivingTuesday 2020.
Throughout the holiday season, JHR shared stories from across the globe Celebrating the Disruptors; those who, in 2020, have had the courage to highlight the social divides the pandemic has exposed and push for better. Each of these stories makes clear why the work JHR is doing is SO important. Click here to read the stories.
Thank YOU for supporting Journalists for Human Rights!


Call for Expressions of Interest: Bursaries and Internships Supporting Indigenous Voices

JHR’s Indigenous Reporters program is currently seeking expressions of interest from emerging Indigenous journalists in Canada to work on bursary and internship opportunities available with leading media organizations across Canada.

The bursaries and internships are open to Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) youth working or seeking work in media, or currently enrolled in a media or journalism program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Deadline to apply: January 25, 2021. Find all information here


 Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge the land on which the Journalists for Human Rights’ head office operates and recognize the longstanding relationships Indigenous nations have with these territories. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Tkaronto (Toronto) is in the Dish with One Spoon Territory and is home to Indigenous peoples from many nations across Turtle Island who continue to care for this land today. 
To read more on JHR’s land acknowledgement, click here. 


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