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Witnessing mob violence in Dar es Salaam

In Kariakoo everyone’s hustling. The wild, sprawling Dar es Salaam market is the biggest in Tanzania. It’s the kind of place where you..

February 19, 2014 with 3 Comments

Every November in Tanzania, hundreds of thousands of Form Four (or Grade Ten) students make millions of tiny pencil marks and ooze litres..

November 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

Access to education for Tanzanians with Albinism: Mahenda Kulwa’s new beginning

By Rosella Chibambo MWANZA, Tanzania – It was the day before the first day of school when Mahenda Kulwa introduced himself. The..

October 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

Awoonor’s cultural legacy

By Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – Dozens of women in red and black dresses stream through the aisles, with small candles atop their heads..

October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

JHR blog goes live at Ghana Institute of Journalism

By Jocelyn Edwards I’m pleased and proud to share with the Journalists for Human Rights community the result of several months of..

September 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Battling the boom in Ghana

Accra is a cacophony of sound. There’s the bone-rattling hum of bass from speaker stacks in churches and drinking spots, and set up for..

September 6, 2013 with 0 Comments

Talk show host takes a stand for women in Ghana

by Jocelyn Edwards A celebrity talk show host with a fiercely loyal audience, Gifty Anti might best be described as the Oprah of Ghana. Her..

September 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Zanzibar’s dirty laundry

By: Teri Fikowski You know the feeling you’re in a situation you probably shouldn’t be?  Well that’s exactly where I..

July 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Hyena Ground

by Terri Fikowski I’d seen poverty in my first few weeks in Africa.  I mean, who wouldn’t expect to witness some form of..

June 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

I’m A Millionaire In Tanzania

By: Mike MacDonald How many times have you asked a bank teller to help you withdraw a cool 2.23 mil? Without laughing, I mean. For most of..

May 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Journalists honoured at World Press Freedom Day luncheon 2013

by: KIRSTEN FENN Following what the United Nations called the deadliest year on record for journalists around the world, Ottawa’s World..

May 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Persons with disability experience protection without enforcement

By Iain Marlow in Accra, Ghana While many of Accra’s most well known journalists were ensconced at Ghana’s Supreme Court,..

May 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Lessons from the past: Holocaust conference calls for responsibility and remembrance

By: ERICA HOWES Survivor testimonies and research presentations at Carleton’s Holocaust conference on April 24 and 25 emphasized a need..

May 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ambassadors discuss Canada’s role in the Middle East

By: NIKKI GLADSTONE Slick black cars with vibrant red license plates idling outside of Carleton University’s River Building signaled a..

May 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

UN organizations appeal for the Syria crisis to stop

By: Megan Lane Today the leaders of five major United Nations organizations came together to say enough is enough with the Syria crisis...

May 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

Mamas know best: an organization in Ghana profits with fair trade

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

May 6, 2013 with 0 Comments

Going out in style: Fantasy coffin-makers of Teshie

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

May 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Housing project brings water, sanitation to Amui Dzor slum

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 26, 2013 with 0 Comments

Journalists doubt information will soon be free in Ghana

 Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

Pushing for rights literacy in rural Ghana

 Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

The trauma of war

Shirlee Engel is a reporter with Global TV in Ottawa. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

The fixer

Shirlee Engel is a reporter with Global TV in Ottawa. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

The patience of my job

On Friday, I was helping one of the employees at Skyy Radio with writing and recording her voice track for a radio documentary. We were..

March 17, 2013

Home Again

I follow Edwina Thomas through the tight alleys of Kroo Bay in Freetown. This is one of the city’s most deprived areas. Thousands of..

March 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

The missing link in Liberia

Sophisticated boat engines were developed thousands of years after the creation of the first canoe. The automobile and other modes of..

February 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

The Share Taxi

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Garbage Fires in ‘Burning Time’ Add to Choking Smog

Monrovia is now midway through the time of burning, a period approximately two months long, starting in January, in which garbage, grass..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Garbage Fires in 'Burning Time' Add to Choking Smog

Monrovia is now midway through the time of burning, a period approximately two months long, starting in January, in which garbage, grass..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

In the heat of the night (and day)

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer in..

January 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ibrahim, ‘di bag man’

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 23, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ibrahim, 'di bag man'

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 23, 2013 with 0 Comments

Getting to know Freetown

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 23, 2013 with 0 Comments

Sierra Leone Election Excitement

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

Confusing times for journalists in Egypt

It’s a confusing time to be a journalist in Egypt. That became clear to me during our trainings in Cairo and Alexandria. The Egyptian..

January 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Critics call immigration reform “unconstitutional”

By RACHEL COLLIER Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced in December that refugees from the European Union, Croatia and the United..

January 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

Building economic development one wave at a time

In much of the developing world, particularly in countries with a beautiful coastline, tourists flock from all over the world to experience..

January 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

Fighting for Equality in the Newsroom: Editor Wade Williams

FrontPage Africa’s newsroom editor learned at a conference in Zambia that the gender barriers she’s experienced in..

December 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

JHR Workshop Series Brings Rights Media to the Forefront During Sierra Leone Elections

For eight weeks, 17 journalists from various newspaper and radio media outlets attended the 2012 Human Rights Election Workshop Series,..

December 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

JHR Present Sierra Leone Human Rights Reporting Awards

December 10 was International Human Rights Day, and jhr celebrated by presenting awards for the best human rights stories produced in..

December 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

A Call for Equal Representation of People with Disabilities in Government

By Hassan Bangura In the build-up to November 17 elections in Sierra Leone, persons with disabilities demanded to be included in the..

December 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ahead of the 17th November Polls… The Blind Feel Neglected by NEC

By Sallieu Sesay 56 years old Pa Abu Bangura, who is a blind beggar along Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, said that as a blind man, he..

December 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

A Turning Point for local JHR Trainers

Two Sierra Leonean JHR trainers of the program known as TTT ( Train the trainers) made history recently. They had the opportunity to..

December 12, 2012 with 0 Comments

Liberia’s Roadside Signs Promote Cultural Change

Most of the Liberian population cannot easily afford the 55 cent (Canadian equivalent) cost of newspapers, and have little or no access to..

December 5, 2012 with 0 Comments

Liberia's Roadside Signs Promote Cultural Change

Most of the Liberian population cannot easily afford the 55 cent (Canadian equivalent) cost of newspapers, and have little or no access to..

December 5, 2012 with 0 Comments

No change in post-revolution Egypt

Mohamed Harfoush | Contributor Earlier in January  thousands of Egyptians took to the streets of Cairo and camped out in  Tahrir ..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Former Ugandan journalist speaks on media activism

By KIRSTEN FENN Through a career in broadcast media, David Okidi helped end a 20 year conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)..

December 2, 2012 with 0 Comments

Montreal Student Protests

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November 29, 2012 with 0 Comments

Football, no matter what

Where there’s a will there’s a way. And when it comes to millions of boys the world over, from Rio slums to African villages, when it..

November 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

jhr partner stands up for freedom of information in Liberia

Liberian Information Minister Louis Brown deserves credit for showing up at a vipers’ nest of critics from the Monrovia media. Lamii..

November 21, 2012 with 0 Comments

Trolls plague the media in Liberia and at home

Liberians may be a bit more abrupt than your average Canadian, but they place an equivalent value on politeness. I don’t think..

November 16, 2012 with 0 Comments

Reporting during election time

Emerick Roy Coker is a host and journalist for Universal Radio in Freetown. He’s also someone I was training through JHR earlier this..

November 4, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Power of Television

Innovative and creative was the approach an organization called Advocaid used to help educate people about their legal rights in Sierra..

October 8, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ontario Human Rights Commission launches new policy

By GARRETT BARRY The Ontario Human Rights Commission featured their new policy on competing human rights in a press conference at Ottawa..

October 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Occupy Montreal Audio

Occupy Montreal Audio

September 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

Still Going Strong

This isn’t my first time in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Four years ago I was here doing the same work with JHR. I briefly worked at a..

September 11, 2012 with 0 Comments

A Debate on Reporting Skills

How do journalists go about reporting fairly and accurately- especially during crucial times like elections? In just under three months..

August 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

Riding Towards Sustainable Development

In a country burgeoning with traffic congestion, increasing economic growth, and a stark urban-rural divide, Ghana’s Bamboo Bikes..

August 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

A Fine Balance?

A red blanket is draped over Ken Rinka while he jumps as high as he can. He is performing a traditional dance of his Masai culture, whoever..

August 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Unavailable and underfunded: mental healthcare in Ghana

Like much of the developing world, mental healthcare is lacking in Ghana. Mental illnesses are deeply stigmatized and widely misunderstood,..

July 24, 2012 with 0 Comments

Slow and unsteady: Ghana’s Freedom of Information Bill

July 7th marked the 30th anniversary of the day Canada’s Access to Information Act received royal assent, becoming law. Within a year the..

July 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

Slow and unsteady: Ghana's Freedom of Information Bill

July 7th marked the 30th anniversary of the day Canada’s Access to Information Act received royal assent, becoming law. Within a year the..

July 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

When Household Chores become Human Rights Abuses

At eleven years old, Thema, a native of Kumasi, hopes to be a nurse when she grows up. Currently, however, she is employed wandering..

July 13, 2012 with 0 Comments

Searching for the man with biscuits

“This man continued giving us biscuits and bananas every day for close to two weeks. So it’s like he used that way to drag so many..

July 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

This land is your land, this land is my land

Some men wore fitted suits. Others were dressed in traditional kente clothing. The event started an hour and a half after its scheduled..

June 26, 2012 with 0 Comments

Mob justice in Northern Ghana

Northern Ghana is a powder keg, waiting for a fuse. Whether it’s a dispute over the enskinment of a chief or over a bad left turn in..

June 23, 2012 with 1 Comment

“The Road Not Taken”: maternal mortality in rural Ghana

My colleague and I took a two hour journey to a village outside of Kumasi to conduct interviews for his documentary on maternal mortality..

June 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

The politics of being gay

On my first day of work, I was asked how I felt about having a gay president. The question was referring to President Obama’s..

June 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

The drive to protect Ghana’s youth

    Francis Donkoh waited on the meridian while a police officer stopped a busy street full of afternoon traffic for him to..

June 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

The drive to protect Ghana's youth

    Francis Donkoh waited on the meridian while a police officer stopped a busy street full of afternoon traffic for him to..

June 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

Carleton student’s challenge started by online memes

By KYLIE KENDALL Two months ago, Carleton student Arun Smith was informed by two fellow students that his picture, featuring extremely..

May 31, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ghanaian journalist lectures JHR chapter about rights media

On May 19, the JHR chapter at Tamale’s International Institute of Journalism hosted a community forum about witchcamps. Among the..

May 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Malaria: not just a disease, but a way of life

It’s the most dangerous killer in West Africa, the top issue on Ghana’s health priority list, and carries a whopping price tag of up to..

May 21, 2012 with 0 Comments

Family left behind honours AIDS Memorial Day

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – Tshwane clinic patients and workers lit candles on AIDS Memorial Day for those who’ve died of HIV and AIDS, as..

May 19, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Charles Taylor verdict

Being in Sierra Leone April 26th was a very interesting time…it was the day the verdict came down for Charles Taylor, former President of..

May 12, 2012 with 0 Comments

Meet the Tognis: Las familia Circo

Yecid’s clothes don’t fit him quite right, his shoes are four sizes too large, his left wrist sometimes pops out of place and it always..

April 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ivorian refugee seeks to be reunited with father in Canada

For Rita Josiane Bole and her ten-year-old daughter, fleeing the war in Cote D’Ivoire did not mean they would find peace. Like thousands..

April 4, 2012 with 0 Comments

Fending for their families or child labor?

They were such a spectacle at one of our numerous boat stop-over’s on our return trip from Bonthe Island, during a joint BBC Media Action..

March 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Colour of Beauty: Sierra Leonean women bleach skin to appear more attractive

On my way to work one morning, I overheard two guys talking about a good-looking woman. They seemed so overwhelmed by the beauty of this..

March 21, 2012 with 0 Comments

The children of Zion Bata

The children of Kachitsa Village, a small village of 1,000 in the northern outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi, are adamant about their religious..

March 20, 2012 with 0 Comments

Down the road to BASCO

Vida sits in a scratched wooden chair beneath the only coconut tree in a clearing. She has a series of line scars next to her eyes and..

March 19, 2012 with 0 Comments

One more round for Little Rabbit

We met at a bar in Adabraka. He’s short, just shy of five and a half feet, though powerfully built. His rowdy appearance intensified by..

March 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

Growing mental health awareness in Malawi calls for more trained medical professionals

About half of the world’s population resides in a country where there is one psychiatrist or less to serve 200,000 people on average,..

February 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

North-South Inequality Drives Migration to Slums

My cab ride to Ghana’s biggest slum cost me an extra Cedi. “I don’t normally go that route, those people cause lots of problems,”..

February 12, 2012 with 1 Comment

Gutter gardens: MH-37's toxic run-off

Accra’s Military Hospital No. 37, was built during the Second World War and it’s obsolescence is becoming evident. About a year..

February 11, 2012 with 0 Comments

Gutter gardens: MH-37’s toxic run-off

Accra’s Military Hospital No. 37, was built during the Second World War and it’s obsolescence is becoming evident. About a year..

February 11, 2012 with 0 Comments

South-South Cooperation

Both Sierra Leone and Ghana will host elections in 2012, so why not start talking about election coverage practices among top journalists..

February 7, 2012 with 0 Comments

Justice Adjourned

As the first-ever judiciary strike in Malawi enters its fourth week, the doors to over 200 courts remain closed and justice has generally..

February 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Sierra Leone is Still Waiting for a Freedom of Information Law

Though the government of Sierra Leone has been making very public displays of initiatives that aim to promote transparency, since even..

February 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Fulani children of Accra

Adeeza is 15 years old. Her family traveled to Accra about two months ago from Niger. Her mother tells her she should not speak with me and..

January 24, 2012 with 2 Comments

“It’s God’s will” isn’t good enough

The electricity had been out for 24 hours where I was staying in Namiwawa, Blantyre, either due to the heavy seasonal rains or the theft of..

January 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

“It’s God’s will” isn't good enough

The electricity had been out for 24 hours where I was staying in Namiwawa, Blantyre, either due to the heavy seasonal rains or the theft of..

January 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Where are they now?

For a westerner, the amount of a JHR fellowship in Sierra Leone is about equivalent to a phone bill. For a Salone journalist, it can and..

January 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Street Boys of Freetown

They sleep under the wharf that reaches out over the Atlantic Ocean or beneath the rickety market stalls in the city centre. At night, on..

January 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Navigating Sierra Leone, local-styles

Some shots from my travels to the provinces with colleagues from BBC Media Action. I set off for the journey as early as 5am, aboard a..

January 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Wiring Sierra Leone!

Sierra Leone has just been connected to its first high-speed fibre optic internet cable. With it come promises of economic and social..

January 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Could Sierra Leone's most brutal fighting force have a political future?

For many people, the Revolutionary United Front’s (RUF’s) legacy will be that of a cruel and brutal fighting force during Sierra..

January 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Could Sierra Leone’s most brutal fighting force have a political future?

For many people, the Revolutionary United Front’s (RUF’s) legacy will be that of a cruel and brutal fighting force during Sierra..

January 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Vigilantism and the right to security

If all goes well, the justice system within a democracy goes like so: A crime is committed. The criminal is reprimanded. The authorities..

December 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

Maintaining Community in Women’s Prison

I visited Freetown’s prison for women with Martha Kargbo, jhr’s first BBC World Service Trust Fellow in Sierra Leone. She is producing..

December 19, 2011 with 0 Comments

It takes a village to raise a child… plus foreign aid and government support, of course

The tattoo on sixteen-year-old Halima Bintu’s forearm is faded but you can still see the scars. The thin crooked letters engraved across..

December 4, 2011 with 0 Comments
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