On May 7th, 2020, Scott Griffen, Deputy Director of the International Press Institute (IPI) and Kathryn Geels, Programme Director at the European Journalism Centre (EJC) hosted a GFMD member-only webinar focusing on their ongoing Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) grant programme.
As COVID-19 spreads internationally, so too does potentially harmful misinformation and disinformation. Many media organisations, including some of GFMD’s members and partners, have been working on programmes and projects to help prevent the spread of false information and encourage journalists to cover the coronavirus as accurately as possible.
COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to the lives of journalists and media professionals. Beyond issues faced in efforts to cover the crisis safely, journalists must also deal with severe financial uncertainty. To alleviate this, several companies and organisations are committing to financially support journalism and news media.
On April 2nd, Toby Mendel and Laura Notess of The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) hosted a GFMD member-only webinar titled Right to Information in the Time of COVID-19. CLD promotes fundamental rights for democracy, with an emphasis on freedom of expression, freedom of association, the right to information, and digital rights.
Deadline: 16 March 2020
Job Opportunity The QARIB program is a regional initiative focused on Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Iraq. Funded by AFD and implemented by CFI, the program aims to encourage social cohesion and the inclusion of citizens, in particular women, through improved media coverage.
The spread of COVID-19 has had a major impact on travel and public gatherings internationally. At the time of writing, cases of COVID-19 have been detected in over 100 countries. As a result, several major media development and journalism events have been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future.
WAN-IFRA have released Episode Six of their media freedom Podcast, The Backstory. The newest episode outlines the steps journalists can take to keep themselves safe while covering protests, which are taking place internationally with increasing frequency.
The World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) recently released Episodes 4 and 5 of Season 2 of “The Backstory”, their podcast series exploring media freedom issues from across the globe.
On February 6th, IREX hosted a webinar titled “Towards Inclusive Safety Trainings: A discussion and training showcase with IREX’s Securing Access to Free Expression (SAFE) team”.
On December 19, Rana Sabbagh, executive director of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism will host a GFMD member-only webinar titled “Investigative journalists under autocratic regimes: the work of ARIJ”.
Deadline: 24 January 2020
Consultation Process The United Nations invites civil society actors working on development, peace and security, human rights, and humanitarian issues to be part of a global online discussion on the UN’s role in protecting and promoting civic space.
The World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) have recently launched the 2019 edition of their annual World Press Trends report, outlining the range of challenges currently faced by news publishers and media organisations internationally.
As part of GFMD’s ongoing member-only webinar series, Anna Rohleder of Sourcefabric, presented a webinar titled “Circumventing censorship in the Balkans, Caucasus, and beyond with web-based technology”.
Deadline: 30 November 2019
Call for Applications Applications are now open for ICFJ’s “A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America” to create a network of 36 new professional fellows, journalists, technologists, and media entrepreneurs across the region.
On November 14th, Anna Rohleder of Sourcefabric, will host the third webinar of GFMD’s member-only series, entitled “Circumventing censorship in the Balkans, Caucasus, and beyond with web-based technology”.
From July 10th to 11th 2019, GFMD will attend the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London, co-hosted by the UK and Canadian Govenments. The conference is part of an international campaign to raise awareness of the importance of international press freedom, and also to increase the consequences faced by those who try to restrict it.
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Fellowship Applications are now open for the 2019 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program. Dedicated to international exchange, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program offers five-month fellowships to leading democracy activists, journalists, civil society leaders, and scholars from around the world.
Deadline: 28 June 2019
Call for Proposals Applications are now open for the Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety which is a €10m fund to support organisations across Europe that are working on challenges related to hate, extremism, and child safety, both online and offline.
Deadline: 19 May, 2019
The Global Shining Light Award honors outstanding investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. The award is presented by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) every two years.
On March 21st a side-event was organized during the Commission on the Status of Women in New York by GFMD, Fondation Hirondelle, Free Press Unlimited, International Media Support (IMS), Internews, IREX, and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI).