On March 25, GFMD hosted an NGO parallel event at the 65th Commission at the Status of Women together with CFI, Fondation Hirondelle, FPU, IMS, and Sembramedia. In line with the core CSW65 theme, the event focused on gender stereotyping and the role news media can play in creating and countering it.
On 25 March, GFMD has joined 104 organisations in a Statement calling on the Council of Europe to act on the growing threat of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) – abusive lawsuits filed by powerful individuals and companies as a means of silencing critical expression.
On 25 March, GFMD has joined more than 60 human rights organisations and journalist federations in an open letter urging the European Parliament to vote against a proposed Terrorist Regulation that could jeopardise freedom of expression, access to information, and privacy in Europe.
In advance of a European Parliament debate on efforts by governments to silence free media in Europe, GFMD has joined a group of 18 organisations to call on the European Union to act on the declining press freedom situation in Central Europe.
On March 01, GFMD launched its second network analysis study with the aim of better understanding our network, examining the connections among those associated with GFMD, and solidifying our knowledge of the greater media development and journalism support community.
GFMD has joined a group of 15 press freedom, journalism support, and media development organisations to once again call on The EU’s Competition Commissioner to address concerns over media market distortions in Hungary.
The Global Forum for Media Development has issued a statement reaffirming its ongoing support to Myanmar’s journalists, newsrooms, and media organisations as they continue to fulfill their vital role of providing the public with reliable and quality information.
This week alone, Maria Ressa is required to appear in court in the Philippines on three separate dates. Ahead of another cluster of court proceedings against her the #HoldTheLine coalition calls for an end to the escalating campaign of legal harassment.
On 3 February, Erol Önderoğlu – Turkey’s representative to Reporters Without Borders – will stand trial on charges of “propaganda for a terrorist organisation”, “open incitement to commit crimes” and “praising a crime and a criminal”. GFMD joins 17 NGOs to condemn the prosecution of Önderoğlu and his co-defendants.
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.
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.
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.
On 12 November, GFMD hosted a webinar focusing on the working conditions of local Syrian journalists and the level of support they receive from international and local media organisations.
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.