JHR Award for Achievement in Human Rights Reporting

Journalists for Human Rights celebrates journalists who have made a significant contribution to human rights journalism.

JHR defines human rights journalism as coverage that directs attention to key human rights issues, in a way that triggers significant positive impact.

In 2017, JHR recognized Sara Mojtehedzadeh of the Toronto Star. Sara won for her powerful and tenacious reporting on workers' rights in Ontario, which changed legislation to ensure fairer outcomes for workers and stronger oversight for laws governing temp workers' rights in particular. 

Criteria: the award is for achievement in human rights reporting. The individual or team nominated must have played a key role ensuring

  • that human rights are front and centre of coverage; 
  • that those who have historically been left out of important public conversations about issues that affect them are able to take their place and make their voices heard
  • that positive change has happened as a result of that work. 

Please nominate your contender, or yourself, using the form below. Applications will be accepted until September 10, 2018.

Previous winners include Christiane Amanpour of CNN (2015); Paul Barnsley of APTN (2016).

All submissions will be reviewed by JHR's award committee, and a shortlist announced two weeks before the gala. The award will be presented to the winner on October 1 at Night for Rights.


JHR has also partnered with the National News Media Council to present an award for JHR/National NewsMedia CouncilFraser MacDougall Award for Best New Canadian Voice in Human Rights Reporting. Read more or, nominate someone here