Human Rights Reporting – Training for Journalists

"(…) the Government will continue advocating against injustice and discrimination and safeguarding human rights and freedoms"

– Statement by the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, on Human Rights Day, December 10, 2015

Canada strongly believes that freedom of expression is the core of human individuality and is one of the essential foundations of a safe and prosperous society.

Canada’s offices abroad are actively working to protect and advance Press Freedom.

Building on past training programs, the Embassies of Canada to Jordan and Lebanon are partnering with Canadian NGO Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) to train local journalists and journalism students about effective human rights reporting. Building on these skills, Canada is seeking to respond to emerging trends identified by in-country partners and journalists, including the need to build data journalism capacity among local journalists to better report on issues such as hate speech against vulnerable groups such as refugees and migrants.

JHR trainers will be facilitating multi-day workshops in the Middle East in February. These workshops help journalists better understand how to develop human rights related content and create a reporting plan. During the training in Lebanon and Jordan, discussions will center on human rights issues and international mechanisms of protection for human rights. These workshops aim to build capacity amongst participants on emerging trends and tools in data-driven journalism, to promote more inclusive, balanced and fact-based coverage of rights-based issues towards vulnerable populations such as refugees and migrants and issues of hate speech. Partners include the Dutch Embassy in Jordan and the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon.

About Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)

JHR is Canada’s leading media development organization. They help journalists build their capacity to report ethically and effectively on human rights and governance issues in their communities.

Since 2002, JHR has:

  • Worked in 25 countries;
  • Partnered with more than 300 media organizations;
  • Trained more than 14,000 journalists and journalism students;
  • Whose human rights media stories have reached more than 50 million people.

JHR aims to empower journalists to cover human rights stories objectively and effectively. The Government of Canada and our Embassies abroad are proud to continue this important partnership.

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