COVID-19 has caused unprecedented 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 internationally.
In order to help build a sense of shared community among our network, learn from one another, and support each other during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, GFMD hosted an informal, members-only Virtual Town Hall on 25 March 2020 via Zoom. The first Town Hall led to the development of a joint statement and a shared resource centre for GFMD members.
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.
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.
In recent days, media freedom organisations have shed light on threats against journalists reporting on the arrival of migrants into Greece. These attacks are taking place in a context of violence against migrants and those supporting them, such as NGOs and self-organised groups.
On February 4th, GFMD attended the event “From Analysis to Action: Unpacking “Shrinking Space ” in the Context of The EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020- 2024″, organised by the EPD, in cooperation with The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, and HRDN.
Three new documents are now available related to a new International Fund for Public Interest Media. The documents include an executive summary of Fund’s upcoming feasibility study (due in April 2020), along with a stakeholder consultation report conducted by GFMD late last year.
On November 27th 2020, The Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media (DC-Sustainability) was officially launched at the IGF in Berlin.
Next week, GFMD will participate in 14th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) from 25-29 November at the Estrel Congress Center in Berlin and hosted by the Government of Germany.
On Friday November 15th, GFMD and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) will hold a roundtable discussion on issues of European advocacy from 10:00 to 12:00 CET at EFJ’s office in Brussels.
During a meeting in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 21 – 24 October 2019, the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) agreed to upgrade the status of the Indicator SDG 16.10.2 to Tier I.
ICFJ has launched its 2019 survey the State of Technology in Global Newsrooms, based on responses from more than 4,100 newsroom managers and journalists from 149 countries.
Funders can–and must–do more to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in journalism. Democracy Fund’s latest report takes a deeper dive into the data and explores concrete solutions.
This new report, from DW Akademie, helps funders, donors, and investors understand the field and the many ways in which they can support it.
An official proclamation from the UN General Assembly has marked September 28th as the International Day for Universal Access to Information.
On this International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on September 27, 2019, the Open Talks aimed towards raising awareness and reinforcing social dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.10.2 to ensure public access to information.
GFMD, along with over fifty other civil society organisations, signed an open letter to Facebook in support of their plans to increase end-to-end security across its services and products.
As part of ongoing efforts to facilitate active communication of the valuable work being conducted within the GFMD network, GFMD is establishing a series of members-only webinars to highlight the work being carried out by members, starting on October 17th, 2019.
On the 28th of September, the International Day for Universal Access to Information will be celebrated worldwide, following the theme of “Leaving no one behind!”.
On July 19th at the 2019 UN High-Level Segment held at the United Nations HQ, GFMD, represented by Owais Aslam, Secretary General of Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and member of the GFMD Steering Committee, delivered an oral statement.