Friday, February 10, 2012

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch Receive a Grant for Project in North Africa

a Grant for Project in North Africaposted: 2/9/2012
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World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch are delighted to announce that they have received a grant from the Dutch Postcode Lottery for a joint project “Supporting Democratic Transition in North Africa”. The goal of the project is to document change and to give support to democratic processes in the region that is undergoing change. The program will run from March 2012 through October 2014 and focus initially on Tunisia and Egypt.

While each organization will concentrate on their respective fields of expertise, the programs will work toward a joint goal using complementary approaches—journalism training, in the case of World Press Photo, and research and advocacy in the case of Human Rights Watch—to reach a target audience that includes policymakers, journalists, civil society actors, and the general public.
World Press Photo will support the development of strong visual journalism communities that can inspire understanding about the developments taking place in the region following the events of spring 2011 locally and internationally. Human Rights Watch will monitor human rights in developing democracies, investigate and report on entrenched human rights violations, and press new governments in transition countries to implement change and protect the human rights of their people.
The key objectives are:
 •To train a strong, professional, and more self-reliant visual journalism community;
•To document and exhibit a local perspective on the changes taking place across North Africa;
•To expose on-going human rights abuses and keep events in North Africa on the international agenda;
•To achieve equal rights for marginalized groups, with a focus on women.
World Press Photo managing director Michiel Munneke said: “We are thrilled that the Dutch Postcode Lottery has recognized the potential of this project and how it can deliver direct benefits for journalists in an exciting period of change. Free exchange of information is central to the missions of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch. World Press Photo will contribute to this project with an extended network of high-quality visual journalists, both within North Africa and worldwide, in support of a fair and balanced documenting of events in North Africa.”
World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch have already recently collaborated by launching the Tim Hetherington Grant - in memory of visual journalist killed in Libya in March 2011 - and to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme.
About World Press Photo
World Press Photo is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide. We strive to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and for the free exchange of information. Our activities include organizing annual contests in visual journalism, exhibitions, and in World Press Photo Academy, the stimulation of photojournalism through educational programs, and creating greater visibility for press photography through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is run as an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where World Press Photo was founded in 1955.
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.
Please contact Ms. Barbara Bufkens at or tel: +31 (0)20 676 6096, for additional information.
About Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is one of the leading international organizations dedicated to protecting and defending human rights. Its unique methodology combines rigorous research, extensive press outreach, and high-level policy advocacy to document, expose, and press for an end to human rights abuses in 90 countries worldwide. Human Rights Watch was founded as an independent NGO in 1978 in New York. It is a global organization with offices on all continents. The Netherlands office opened in 2010.
Human Rights Watch receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
Press contact Human Rights Watch: Anna Timmerman 06-4297 4351 or 020 520 5800.

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