On 21 March 2019, GFMD will co-host a media development panel as part of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) NGO Forum. The event titled, ‘Does the online space allow women in media to challenge stereotypes and misrepresentation?’ will explore the ways in which women are harnessing online spaces.
International Women’s Day is not just a day to celebrate women’s rights; it’s an important chance to reflect on whether we, the media industry, are doing enough to promote gender balance. That’s why, for the first time, WAN-IFRA is not just supporting awareness campaigns; we’ve launched one of our own.
This International Women’s Day 2019, GFMD members are calling upon media leaders around the globe to stand up and protect the rights of women journalists. Media must hire a diverse workforce and adopt gender equality policies in order to stand by women journalists and produce stories that are relevant to all groups in society.
On March 4th and 5th, Global Focus held an international conference titled “Claiming Civic Space Together – Joint strategies to ensure development and humanitarian action” in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Abraji (Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism) with the support of Google News Lab, launched the survey “Women in Brazilian Journalism,” to understand the limits that the gender issues imposed on the performance of their professions.
Through its dedication to supporting independent journalism and broad public access to information, GFMD has committed to enhance the reporting process of Right to Information (RTI) laws as well as to assess the extent to which these laws are being enforced by public bodies in certain countries.
In 2015, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly launched the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This guide aims to inform the overall process pursued by a committed state toward realising these SDGs.
On 21 February, the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) launched a methodology aiming to assess Right to Information (RTI) implementation laws in Pakistan during a workshop held in Islamabad.
GFMD presented a joint statement on behalf of our members at the “Confronting the Crisis in Independent Media: Strategic Approaches for International Donors” meeting of donors, which will took place in Paris on 31 January and 1 February 2019.
GFMD calls on the international community to reinforce its recognition of the importance of media and journalism for good governance and democratic institutions by firmly positioning support for the sector within the overall international development assistance and governance agenda.
On 23 January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, United for News, a global multi-stakeholder coalition of media, private industry and NGOs, which includes GFMD, is announcing pilot programs in Canada, Iraq and Ukraine to address the deficit of women in news reporting.
A recent report from the Fojo Institute describes and analyses how online propaganda against journalists across the world – through hate, harassment, threats and fabricated news – undermines independent reporting, sows doubt among the public and makes journalists, in particular female journalists, open for online attacks and physical abuse.
On 16 January, the European Parliament voted to adopt the annual report on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2017. We commend the EP for its strong focus on media and freedom of expression, and appreciate that the report recognised the provisions for media freedom in the EU’s external funding instruments.
The Ariadne Network, which brings European donors and staff together to work in support of human rights, social change, and justice, released a seminal guide in collaboration with the Transparency and Accountability Initiative earlier this year. Written by Sameer Padania, “An Introduction to Funding Journalism and Media,” offers clear and detailed advice to guide those wishing to venture into funding journalism and media projects with the right tools necessary to navigate the funding landscape.
Given the reality of today’s online environment and what it means for conveying accurate, high-quality information, it is important to address underlying mechanisms that have enabled the manipulation of online information spaces. By also addressing how information is created and disseminated from a market viewpoint, not simply a content viewpoint, it paints a more holistic picture of the challenges faced in keeping a citizenry informed.
As a result of our participation in the 13th global IGF, which took place from 12-14 November 2018, GFMD calls on the global Internet governance community to recognise the need for broader inclusion of journalists and the news media community within the IGF and wider Internet governance ecosystem.
On Nov. 27 at 15:00 CET, GFMD will be hosting a members-only webinar focusing on the challenges of preparing EU funding proposals and, specifically, of responding to the EIDHR Global Call which was launched earlier this month. The webinar is the second instalment in GFMD’s Capacity Building Programme.
GFMD team attended the 13th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris, from 12-14 November. The IGF an event held under the auspices of the United Nations. We have co-organised the second edition of the working group on media development and Internet governance, as well as launched an issue paper that explores intersections between media development and Internet governance.
The members of GFMD’s Women in Media working group have joined forces to organise an event on the fringes of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in March 2019.
According to UNESCO, 82 journalists and media workers have been killed globally in 2018 to date. On average, 90% of crimes against journalists go unpunished.