Nov 14 2020: “Since 2017, no journalist has died in the line of duty in South Sudan as a result of @jhrnews’ work.” Find out how YOU are helping to strengthen media in South Sudan

This week’s highlights

  • Find Out How YOU Are Helping to Strengthen Media in South Sudan 

  • Half the Story is Never Enough: JHR partners with CCUNESCO and World Press Freedom Canada to Spotlight Challenges Women Journalists Face Worldwide 

  • The Global Conference on Media Freedom Starts this Monday November 16 

  • The Dutch Embassy in Ottawa Launches a Podcast with JHR’s Team Leader and Media Trainer in Jordan, Mohammed Shamma

  • Indigenous Journalists ! Apply Here for Paid Opportunities to Work with Leading Media Across Canada

  • We’re Hiring! A Financial Coordinator, Project Coordinator and Project Manager in Tunis, Tunisia


Find Out How YOU Are Helping To Strengthen Media in South Sudan

In advance of the 2021 Global Conference for Media Freedom, Journalists for Human Rights, in coordination with the British Consul General to Toronto, is pleased to share a recording of the latest webinar in the #InformationSavesLives series – Strengthened Media in South Sudan.

 The webinar explores how YOUR support of JHR’s work in South Sudan, together with the support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, helped create an enabling environment in which media in South Sudan can more easily do their work.

 Introduced by the British Consul General in Toronto, Jennifer Young, the discussion featured JHR senior trainer Mustapha Dumbuya and South Sudanese journalist and gender trainer Irene Ayaa, as well as JHR expert trainer, Board member and current Vice Chair of Hill and Knowlton Strategies, Peter Donolo, in conversation with JHR Executive Director Rachel Pulfer, as they discuss how strengthening media freedoms strengthens democracies, with a spotlight on JHR’s work in South Sudan. 

Said Ayaa: “Since 2017 no journalist has died in the line of duty in South Sudan as a result of @jhrnews’ work.” 

That is Canadian leadership and YOUR support in action, working with Journalists for Human Rights. Thank you.

Watch the video here.

For the highlights of the webinar, please see this cheat-sheet here.

JHR thanks CTV News for sponsoring JHR’s webinar series and webinar hosting company Public Square for providing both technical support and the highlights document.


Half the Story is Never Enough

Find Out How YOU Are Helping Put a Spotlight on Challenges Facing Women Journalists Worldwide

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), World Press Freedom Canada and Journalists for Human Rights are proud to bring you a unique series of papers from women journalists from across the globe. 

Launching on Monday November 16th to coincide with the 2021 Global Conference for Media Freedoms, the collection will be available on all three organizations’ websites in English, French and Arabic.  

This December, all three organizations will sponsor a webinar bringing the authors together in conversation to discuss common themes from their papers, in advance of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Conference in the Hague. As journalist Sally Armstrong notes, if women aren’t able to tell stories about women and girls, we’re missing half the story. 

We could not do this work without YOUR support. Watch this space for more information !    


Global Conference for Media Freedom 2020 

This Monday, November 16, Canada and Botswana will host the Global Conference for Media Freedom 2020. Building on the inaugural Conference, held in London last year, the online event will gather 37 countries committed to advocate media freedom and the protection of journalists. The goal is to strengthen joint efforts in defending media freedom worldwide and connect journalists, media workers, civil society and governments.

Visit this link to watch the conference live on November 16:


Meet JHR Jordan’s Mohammad Shamma on a Podcast in Collaboration with the Dutch Embassies in Ottawa and Amman

Mohammed Shamma

As part of the Global Conference on Media Freedom, the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa will be broadcasting a podcast with JHR’s Mohammed Shamma, media trainer in Amman, Jordan. 

A leading voice covering human rights in the region, Shamma has worked with JHR in Jordan since 2014. He has produced and presented several leading radio shows at the main community radio in Amman, Balad Radio, besides producing a series of documentaries focusing on human rights. He also collaborates with several media outlets based in both the Middle East and Europe.

JHR’s program in Jordan has supported the capacity building of fresh graduates, young journalists and journalism students on human rights reporting, digital rights, labour rights, women’s rights and refugee rights during the last five years. It has developed a reputation for supporting new and alternative media. The JHR team in Jordan succeeds in publishing high quality stories in different media outlets as well as help freelancers to find ways to practice their own skills through JHR by receiving mentoring and coaching for the stories they want to publish.  

During the last four years, JHR and the Dutch Embassy in Amman, Jordan worked together in Jordan to enhance media capacity in covering and reporting human rights issues. JHR has trained over 120 journalists on journalism techniques, the majority of which were women, in particular on human rights storytelling. JHR has also conducted long term mentorship programs, and produced more than 110 human rights stories. 

The podcast launches in the afternoon on November 16, watch our social media for more information!

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: November 30, 2020. Find all information here


 JHR is Hiring in Tunis, Tunisia

JHR is hiring a Financial Coordinator, Project Coordinator and Project Manager based in Tunis, Tunisia. These are full time positions on 12 month contracts. Please apply by November 20 and see the full descriptions here. See below for the job descriptions and links:

JHR is looking for a Financial Coordinator to manage the financial aspects of its programming in Tunisia. The Financial Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Project Manager and in collaboration with JHR’s head office Financial Manager and associates. See the full details of this position here

JHR is looking for a Project Coordinator to carry out the implementation of JHR’s newest project in Tunisia. The Project Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Project Manager and in collaboration with the Journalism Team Leader on implementing JHR’s programing. The Project Coordinator is responsible for the logistical, facilitation and communication aspects of the project, in addition to supporting the administrative aspects of the project to ensure the delivery of the project results in accordance with the project documents. See the full details of this position here

JHR is looking for a Project Manager to supervise the implementation of JHR’s programs in Tunisia. The Project Manager will supervise a team of specialist and media trainers in addition to managing contractual and consultants on implementing JHR’s programming in Tunisia. The Project Manager is responsible. The project manager is responsible for the overall implementation of the project in the targeted country and legally represents the organization in the country before the local authorities. See the full details of this position 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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