Forgotten Datelines

Refugees in DRCongo. Image courtesy of Janine deVries.

Why do journalists risk their lives to bring us stories from hotspots around the world? What impact does that coverage have on the places they report on?

In this era of fast and breaking news, and coverage often driven by the political climate in the United States, RTDNA Canada, and Journalists for Human Rights has partnered to deliver an evening focused on the stories that affect the world. 

Listen to superstar JHR trainer and former Massey Fisher Fellow Mustapha Dumbuya share his experiences working with journalists in South Sudan to hold the SPLA accountable for rape as a weapon of war. And find out why Al Jazeera assignment editor Owen Watson continues to spotlight human rights stories from datelines worldwide that would otherwise, in the era of Trump, go unnoticed.


Mustapha Dumbuya is a Sierra Leonean journalist and media trainer who is experienced in working in media development in conflict and post-conflict nations.

For two years, Mustapha worked as a media trainer in South Sudan with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR).

His work with South Sudanese journalists increase reports on human rights and gender stories on the local media where he was attached.

Before going to South Sudan, Mustapha worked as a journalist and media trainer with BBC Media Action in Sierra Leone. Working with community radio stations, Mustapha covered the Ebola outbreak as it ravaged communities in Sierra Leone, particularly affecting the women who cared for the sick.

Mustapha was a 2015/2016 JHR/Fisher journalism fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto.

Through his work in the field, he has learned the power of words to educate entire communities on their rights.


Owen Watson has been with Al Jazeera English since 2010. He is responsible for the network’s coverage of the Americas with bureaus in 11 cities in the region. He is based in Washington D.C. working from Al Jazeera’s regional hub in the US capital.

He has helped direct the network’s coverage of the deteriorating human rights situation in Mexico and Central America.

Previously, Owen worked in AJE’s Doha’s news headquarters where he was responsible for the network’s coverage of Asia. He dealt with major breaking events such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Owen was also involved in AJE’s coverage of the Arab Spring working in Egypt and Libya and directed news coverage from the ground in both countries.

Before joining AJE, Owen spent many years as a foreign editor with the BBC, Based in London. On assignment, he worked in post-invasion Iraq, in Kenya as the country dealt with post-election violence, in Israel as the country fought Hezbollah and in Haiti in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.

Born, raised and educated in Canada, Owen also worked between 1999 and 2003 as the National Assignment Editor for CTV National News.


Khaled Al-Hammadi, is an Award-Winning journalist and press freedom and human rights defender in Yemen.  

He is freelance producer with Al-Jazeera English in Yemen, Correspondent of Alquds Alarabi, London based newspaper, in Yemen, founder and president of Freedom Foundation in Yemen for media freedom and rights, founder and director of Rights Radar organization for human rights.   

He won the International Press Freedom Award from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) in 2011.

He started his career of journalism in 1995 through Althawra daily newspaper of Yemen.


Moderated by Nana aba Duncan, host of Fresh Air on CBC Radio One, 99.1 FM. Nana aba has been host and producer at CBC Radio for ten years. She has produced a weekly human rights radio program for Journalists for Human Rights in Ghana where she was country director. She supports and amplifies the perspectives of diverse women who work in media through her podcast Media Girlfriends.


Hear from renowned journalists on the ground about news and forgotten crises, how they are underreported and why it is important that Canadian media cover these crises to Canadian and global audiences.



Thursday 8 February 2018


Thomson Reuters, 333 Bay Street, Suite 2900, Toronto, ON M5H 2R2


6:30 pm              Registration
7:00 pm              Forgotten Datelines Panel Presentation
7:45 pm              Q&A
8:30 pm              Departure


Regular – CAD $25.00 + fees

Students – CAD $15.00 + fees *Student card or other proof must be provided with ticket on arrival

Includes: Panel presentation and refreshments (wine, beer and crudités)

Sponsorship Opportunities
Are you interested in supporting this event? We have a number of opportunities available. Please contact Janine deVries or Leya Duigu below for more information.

Contact Us

Janine deVries, Programs Development and Community Engagement Coordinator, JHR
E:      T: 416-413-0240

Leya Duigu, Association Manger, RTDNA Canada
E:              T: 647-323-2152


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