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Crooked scales

By: Carolyn Thompson and John Van Dusen ANKASA – Ghana’s cocoa farmers say purchasers are stealing from them using improperly..

January 14, 2014 with 1 Comment

Whale carcasses washing up in droves

A growing number of decomposing whale carcasses are washing up along the shores of Ghana. Since August, ten whales have been spotted. That..

December 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Cost of living in Ghana

December 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Tracking Ghana’s media

By: John Van Dusen ACCRA — Ghana’s media landscape is a shell of its former self. Twenty years ago there were only a handful of..

December 2, 2013 with 0 Comments

Politics and policing are World Cup worries when Ghana faces Egypt in Cairo

By: Kallan Lyons ACCRA, GHANA- With the final African World Cup qualifying match between the Ghana Black Stars and Egypt Pharaohs set to..

November 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Naval death reinforces need for safety policy

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – A naval worker whose life jacket malfunctioned was swept away by strong currents after the life boat he..

November 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Charting government accountability

By: John Van Dusen NKROFUL – A chalkboard with numbers charted like a scoreboard sits outside the district office, the months of the..

November 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Citi FM reporter wins award for innovative storytelling

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA, Ghana – Nana Boakye-Yiadom trudged through marshy and flooded fields after more than an hour riding on the..

November 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

The art of poverty

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA, Ghana – In a working class neighbourhood where open sewers reek of feces and vendors sit on rickety stools..

October 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

Dansoman Special School Lacks Resources

  By: Jacky Habib ACCRA – “A, B, C, D, E, F, G….” Priscilla sings quietly with a smile on her face. Her father, Paul..

October 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Mental Health in Ghana: Making it Matter

By: Kallan Lyons ACCRA, GHANA – Sitawa Wafula stands in front of a packed room, poised behind the podium, no notes in hand.  The..

October 16, 2013 with 1 Comment

In Old Fadama

By: Jacky Habib ACCRA, GHANA  – On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Citi FM reporter Eugenia Tenkorang and I walk through the streets of..

October 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Nowhere to go but the gutter

By: John Van Dusen ACCRA, GHANA – The sound of a flushing toilet is as rare as a quiet morning in some parts of Accra. On a weekend..

October 15, 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

Beyond the 9 to 5 in an informal economy

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – The trotro was full but I didn’t want to wait. It can take half an hour for the minibuses to fill up..

October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Victims without voice: measuring gender-based violence in schools

By: John Van Dusen Last month Media Rights Trainer John Van Dusen and Radio Gold journalist Adams Issaka covered a release by the NGO Human..

October 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Between a rock and a hard place, GM crops or not?

By: Kristian Jebsen ACCRA – As the international community gears up to commemorate World Food Day on October 16, Ghana is..

October 14, 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

Advocates urge Ghanaian government to improve Right to Information bill

by Nicole Baute A coalition of NGOs says Ghana’s Right to Information bill is so flawed that it would prevent rather than encourage..

July 31, 2013 with 0 Comments

Inside the Children’s Ward at Accra Psychiatric

  By Jocelyn Edwards I’m just sitting down for an interview in the children’s ward at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital when the..

July 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ken Kuranchie on Ghana’s prisons: “Not even a pig should live like that”

By Nana Yaa Agyeman-Kwami and Joseph Armstrong Alorgbey, JHR-AUCC Chapter When the outspoken journalist Ken Kuranchie was released from..

July 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

In Ghana, censorship or necessary caution?

By Iain Marlow ACCRA—Ghana’s Supreme Court has jailed a journalist for criminal contempt over comments related to an ongoing court case..

July 11, 2013 with 1 Comment

Cash for coverage: a complex problem in Ghanaian newsrooms

By Nicole Baute When Ransford Tetteh, editor of Ghana’s robust state-owned Daily Graphic newspaper, took questions from a group of..

June 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ghana strives to improve on human rights record

By Ishmael J. Abudu, JHR-AUCC Chapter Amnesty International’s annual report shows that although Ghana’s human rights record is..

June 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

On Ghana’s gold, “galamsey” miners and government action

By Iain Marlow ACCRA, GHANA—There’s a lot of gold in Ghana’s hills. Problematically, there’s also a lot of “galamsey.”..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

“In Ghana, we talk, not fight”- Supreme court battle reveals strength of democracy in Ghana

by Jocelyn Edwards It’s just before noon in Accra, Ghana, and people are starting to filter into restaurants and cafes for lunch. But..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

Oral culture thrives in Ghana

By Nicole Baute “I’m talking to you and you don’t give me an answer!” In Accra, this is a big mistake. The woman must have been in..

May 16, 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

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

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

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

Polio effects linger in Ghana despite vaccines

When Maclean Atsu Dzidzienyo contracted polio as a nine-year-old, his symptoms worsened to the point where his nerves were affected and his..

July 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

Day Cares and Dump Sites: Sanitation Problems in Kumasi

This week, my colleagues and I decided to examine urban sanitation and the associated health issues for Ultimate Radio’s Morning Show. We..

July 20, 2012 with 0 Comments

Zen and Goats: Last impressions of the little things in Tamale

I checked my phone – 9:30am. Half an hour had passed since my last meeting in Tamale was due to start. No sign of the big boss...

July 18, 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

Obruni Chief

Ghana is full of people who came to the country, fell in love with it and its people, and ended up staying. Rod McLaren’s story is a..

July 11, 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

“Lutte Traditionnelle:” a photo essay

I’ve never really done sports journalism, so I jumped at the opportunity to go to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)..

June 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

Defending sexual minority rights

“Pedophiles or other sexual deviants are not welcome in Ghana.” The sign loomed over me as I stood, waiting to get my passport stamped,..

June 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

“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

Ending Ghanaian child labour

Working children are everywhere in Accra. They collect the fares for trotros, mini-vans turned into buses. They stand in intersections,..

June 10, 2012 with 0 Comments

Witchcraft forum focuses on gendered solutions

On May 19, the International Institute of Journalism and JHR hosted a community dialogue on the issue of witch craft allegations in..

June 7, 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

Repatriating Ghana’s “Witches”

Ghanaian witch camps are a cultural phenomenon I have yet to fully experience and understand. Although I have read much about them and..

June 4, 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

Ghanaian police covers up child abuse, says legal expert

A child abuse case is being covered up by Tamale’s Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DVVSU), a Ghanaian legal expert says...

April 25, 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

Why we do what we do: rights media in Northern Ghana.

“Always leave your office door open, because you never know who will walk in,” a kernel of wisdom from my father that has always stuck..

April 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

“You are doing great job” : feedback from stakeholder in Tamale

“How long we waiting?”, Lucy asks, as we sit under a small mango tree. We are sitting outside the Cienfuegos Suglo Specialist Hospital,..

April 16, 2012 with 0 Comments

"You are doing great job" : feedback from stakeholder in Tamale

“How long we waiting?”, Lucy asks, as we sit under a small mango tree. We are sitting outside the Cienfuegos Suglo Specialist Hospital,..

April 16, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ghanaian women in media

Margaret Adongo is a love doctor. And not only because the 27-year-old got married two months ago. Adongo is the popular host of Fiila..

April 10, 2012 with 0 Comments

Clash over gay rights in Accra

Gay rights have been pushed to the forefront in Accra after a group of young men, allegedly armed with canes, cutlasses, stones and broken..

March 26, 2012 with 1 Comment

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

A Silent Shout: Marital Abuse in Ghana

Flashy, kitsch and heinously dubbed – soap operas are the window of entertaining escape from the day to day in Ghana. In an episode I..

February 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Political Experts Debate Need for “African Spring”

A panel of experts on African politics squared off with students, teachers, civil servants, activists and politicians in a debate hosted by..

January 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

Political Experts Debate Need for "African Spring"

A panel of experts on African politics squared off with students, teachers, civil servants, activists and politicians in a debate hosted by..

January 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

Four Babies and a Mother

[pullquote]”They are human like myself so they should be given the necessary support. Even though they are not my family members,..

November 14, 2011 with 0 Comments

One little voice – a journalist defends the environment, champions human rights

Christian Baidoo was still a student when villagers from his community, Assorku Essaman, decided to chop down an ancient Brokofi tree,..

October 24, 2011 with 0 Comments

JHR-AUCC Chapter Holds Official Executive Handing Over Ceremony

As the start of classes drew closer at the African University College of Communications, members of the Journalists for Human Rights School..

October 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Body kept in parking lot at Kumasi Police HQ

The corpse of a suspected car thief lies in the parking lot of the Ashanti Regional Police Headquarters, a car mat with a pool of blood..

September 19, 2011 with 0 Comments

So, we have moved to Africa

Each time one moves they must adapt to a new culture of some sort – changing neighbourhoods, towns, cities, provinces, states –..

August 11, 2011 with 1 Comment

Homosexual rights in Ghana a work in regress?

I’ve been doing this thing on Twitter called the Ghana Heat Check, where I attempt to come up with clever ways of letting my followers..

August 3, 2011 with 0 Comments

Wedding Shower at the Kumasi Central Mosque

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to attend a Muslim wedding ceremony in the zongo surrounding the Kumasi Central Mosque. The ceremony..

July 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Going to school in Bolgatanga

Last week I had the opportunity to travel up north to Tamale, Bawku, and Bolgatanga.  Along the way, I checked out the school situation as..

July 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

Republic Day Lake Jam

While Canucks celebrated Canada Day, Ghana turns 54 years old on July 1, 2011. Luv FM’s twi platform, Nyhira FM collaborated with the..

July 17, 2011 with 0 Comments

Save Our Women International push for safe sex and abortions at Juaben Senior High School

Premarital sex, pregnancies out of wedlock and abortions are taboo subjects that carry a lot social stigma in Ghana. As a result, teenagers..

July 14, 2011 with 0 Comments

Mental illness still widely misunderstood in Ghana

This past week was a bit of a learning experience. I learned that in Ghana, many children with mental disabilities are thought to be..

July 14, 2011 with 0 Comments

Dine and Drive – a Ghanaian take on the Drive-Thru

In Ghana, the banana is eclipsed by its larger, more fibrous cousin, the plantain. It is one of Ghana’s main cash crops and a large..

June 29, 2011 with 1 Comment

Free Speech Silenced at Ghanaian Radio Station

During my four years of involvement with Carleton University’s jhr chapter, I participated in the annual Speak Silence campaign, a week..

June 27, 2011 with 0 Comments

Autism in Ghana part II: Battling stigma and education youth

A group of students gather in a circle around a blackboard in a small Accra classroom. Eight-year-old Seletay Pi-Bansa holds a piece of..

June 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

Scrap dealers and health hazards: Welcome to Korle Lagoon Ghana

This article originally appeared in Faces of Old Fadama, a magazine produced by students at the African University College of..

June 15, 2011 with 0 Comments

The little business people of Bolgatanga

Street children who hawk goods in Bolgatanga, the capital of Ghana’s Upper East region, have a hierarchy to climb if they want to make..

June 9, 2011 with 0 Comments

Hunting for sources

When you don’t have emails and fixed schedules to work with, the only way to get interviews is to physically find the interviewees...

June 8, 2011 with 1 Comment

The daily commute – Ghana style

Tro-tros are one of the most common forms of public transportation in Ghana. They are minivans that have been refitted with extra seats. A..

June 8, 2011 with 0 Comments

Dancing to the beat of Kete drums

Kete is a dance and drum ensemble commonly found in the Akan regions of Ghana. I managed to catch a live performance of Kete during the..

June 2, 2011 with 0 Comments

Oil exploration causes problems for local fisherman

“I’m not aware there is a rig around Shama waters,” says one fisherman at the Sekondi harbor. [pullquote]It isn’t appropriate...

June 2, 2011 with 0 Comments

Open skies and open sewers: the two-sided beauty that is Ghana

So there are three things that have become abundantly clear to me since my fellow compatriots and I touched down in Ghana a little over a..

May 30, 2011 with 1 Comment

Ghanaian Football

My first weekend in Ghana the IYIP interns directed myself and some of the other university interns out to Teshie to watch their friend..

May 30, 2011 with 0 Comments

Gadhafi fever hits northern Ghana

Anti-western anger over NATO strikes in Libya has crossed the Sahara and sparked protests in northern Ghana. Hundreds of people marched in..

May 25, 2011 with 0 Comments

Akwaaba…

…Welcome to Accra, the capital city of Ghana. I arrived several days ago.  I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly – a country..

May 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

Yes they can: Obama Biscuits employs autistic adults in Accra

> Video and Text by Robin Pierro Nortey Quaynor sits at his station in Accra’s United Biscuits factory. His hands move swiftly sealing..

May 12, 2011 with 3 Comments

Dry taps and lost hope: Water politics in Accra

My heart sinks as I turn the kitchen tap at my home in Accra. It shrieks and nothing comes out.  It’s empty. For two weeks, my..

March 22, 2011 with 1 Comment

Footsoldiers erupt

A couple of hours before my first day on the job at Tamale’s Diamond FM, a posse of political activists stormed the station. They were..

March 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

The price of love

You’re bound to come across a wedding in Ghana on a weekly basis. Weddings here are similar to what you’d expect in Canada—a church..

March 18, 2011 with 0 Comments

Ghana revisited

“I like the way you talk to me,” says Brian, one of the many young street hawkers lining Oxford Street, Accra’s main drag, as I turn..

February 9, 2011 with 0 Comments

Major upgrades to basic education

Adum Presby Primary School’s Class 3 is made up of 60 children: 33 boys and 27 girls, each wearing a royal blue uniform and a short hair..

December 6, 2010 with 0 Comments

Finding Value in Youth Employment

In Ghana’s active quest towards economic progress, youth are unfortunately placed in the margins of the development agenda.

December 1, 2010 with 0 Comments

So You Think you Can Gota

Ball, heel. Ball, heel, I tell myself. I glance at a woman shuffling around the circle of people in front of me. Then I glance behind me at..

December 1, 2010 with 1 Comment

Money for Coverage, Ethics for Free

It only takes five cedis ($3.50 CAD) to get from the Elisa Hotel in Accra to the CitiFM office in Adabraka. This is common knowledge to..

October 31, 2010 with 0 Comments

The Power of Proverbs in Ghana

I got my wake-up call this morning right on schedule, at a quarter to six. One of the twin girls living next door was wailing like a..

October 11, 2010 with 3 Comments

Alternative Medicine in Ghana Part Three: The Crime of Killing Yourself

As if being depressed to the point of trying to commit suicide isn’t bad enough, imagine being arrested and locked up for it. Attempting..

October 8, 2010 with 0 Comments