The #HoldTheLine Coalition, a collective of 78 civil society and journalism organisations, demands the Philippines authorities drop the thirds cyber libel charge against journalist and Rappler CEO, Maria Ressa.
The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a further blow to the media sector, already ailing, slashing revenues and causing job losses in media outlets worldwide. As the world of media continues to grapple with this ongoing crisis, what initiatives are being developed to help chart a sustainable future for journalism and media around the world?
This year’s virtual World Press Freedom Conference (WPFC) is taking place online from 9-10 December 2020, and GFMD is taking a front-and-center role in ensuring that journalism and news sustainability is on the agenda.
GFMD welcomes the European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP) as an important step in recognising the challenges faced by the media and journalism landscape and the deterioration of pluralistic media environments, particularly in light of COVID-19.
Members of SDG 16 Data Initiative, gathered on 12 November for the virtual launch of the fourth annual SDG16 Data Initiative Global Report to discuss and assess progress on the implementation of SDG16, on peaceful, just and strong institutions, at the time of the pandemic.
Over the past few years, funders in the open source tech sector have been hosting open calls for projects, providing innovators with opportunities to bring projects to the funders, rather than dictating the needs on the ground. This GFMD blog offers examples of these open calls and outlines how they work.
In advance of the launch of the European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP), GFMD has joined 60 other organisations – including many of our members and partners – to show support for a model European Union anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) law.
In 1999 the UN declared November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to raise public awareness about systematical gender-based violence. GFMD members organised several activities and programmes to illuminate the issue.
On November 24, the Forum on Information & Democracy launched a working group on sustainability of journalism which will seek recommendations from media stakeholders, academics, and jurists on how to improve the sustainability of quality journalism.
PRIMED is a 3-year programme to support the provision of public interest media in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone, beginning in October 2020. It is implemented by a consortium of media support organisations with expertise in different aspects of media and development.
The IGF Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media (DC-Sustainability) has launched its inaugural annual report, which features case studies and analyses that examine the intersections among journalism and news media sustainability, Internet governance, and digital policy.
Beginning next week, GFMD and the DC-Sustainability will participate in the 15th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will be held virtually from 3-17 November. On 5 November, the DC-Sustainability will host its annual session at the IGF and also host the official launch of its first annual action plan.
On 24 September, GFMD hosted a webinar focusing on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)’s recent review of digital platforms with Holly Raiche – Chair of the Policy Committee of Internet Australia (the Australian chapter of the Internet Society) and GFMD’s Executive Director, Mira Milosevic.
On October 1, 2020, the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary. To mark the occasion, GFMD will host two online events for members, partners, and friends. The events will offer an opportunity to reflect on the network’s past, look ahead to its future, and to hear from the people and organisations who make up GFMD.
World News Day 2020 is set to take place on Monday, September 24. The World News Day initiative has been led by the Canadian Journalism Foundation and the World Editors Forum, the network for editors within WAN-IFRA, since 2018. This year, over 120 newsrooms around the world are joining the initiative to highlight the valuable work of journalists.
In an increasingly hostile media environment, lack of funding has resulted in a diminished appetite for legal cases on the part of media houses and newsrooms, leaving journalists high and dry when it comes to legal protection. In response to this, GFMD has compiled a list of pro bono legal resources and tools to help journalists and media organisations in need of legal counsel.
It is with a heavy heart that we convey our sadness at the loss of Bettina Peters. A true champion for media development, Bettina led the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) as its director from 2007-2012.
GFMD has joined a group of sixteen press freedom, freedom of expression, media development, journalism, and journalism support organisations to call on EU Competition Commissioner Margarethe Vestager to act on complaints that the Hungarian government has violated EU state aid rules to undermine media pluralism.
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.
The Facebook Journalism Project, in collaboration with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), has announced that it will invest $300,000 in a new program that aims to support the stabilisation and recovery needs of journalists and news organisations in Lebanon affected by the tragic explosion in Beirut on August 4.