rights abuses continue unabated in the 21st century, and human
rights defenders worldwide need the support of journalists and documentarians
to help them shine a light on these injustices. Some of the worst abuses are
committed against women and children, sometimes as a result of war, but often
systematically, in the name of culture and religion. The purpose of this
bursary is to help ensure the safety of journalists and documentary filmmakers
as they expose some of the most egregious abuses of human rights in the world today.” - Giselle Portenier
Portenier Human Rights Bursary is open to independent journalists and
independent documentary-makers of any nationality with projects focusing on
human rights abuses. The
inaugural winner in 2015 was Jason O’Hara, a Toronto-based documentary
filmmaker. He is seen right receiving medical treatment after being
attacked by police in Rio de Janeiro before the 2014 World Cup. Photo: Bernardo Guerreiro/Midia Ninja Collective.
Applicants compete for a single
bursary of Cdn $3,000 to help them attend a hostile environment course offered by
one of the following approved course providers: AKE, Dart Centre at Columbia Journalism School, Centurion, 1st Options Security, Global Journalist Security, Pilgrims
Trauma, Tundra Group or TYR
Solutions. This list is
subject to change from time to time.
The Portenier winner is chosen by an independent jury. She or he will have two months after notification to
choose a course provider and secure a place on a course, beginning within 9
months of the winner being notified. Most courses run for 4 or 5 days.
PORTENIER KEY DATES
Applications open: May 16, 2016
Application deadline: June 30, 2016
Notification of winners expected by: July 31, 2016
Courses to be chosen by: September 30, 2016
Courses to begin by: April 30, 2017
Applying for an FFF bursary does not
disqualify a candidate from applying for the Portenier, and vice versa, but
applicants must meet the appropriate qualifications. No person, however, may
receive two bursaries from the Forum in the same year.
Before applying for the Portenier Human Rights Bursary, read the rules to see if you qualify. We provide a link to the online application form at the bottom of the rules page.
Avant de postuler pour la bourse Portenier droits de l’homme, il faut lire les règles pour voir si vous êtes admissible. Il y a un lien au bas de la page de règles pour le formulaire de demande en ligne.