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.
GFMD has joined Media Freedom Rapid Response partners, journalist bodies, freedom of expression, and journalist support organisations to express concern about the legal threats made against EUobserver in Luxembourg and Belgium and call to stop the use of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) actions against media organisations across Europe.
GFMD has joined twelve other civil society organisations to call on Commissioner Breton, Vice-President Jourova, and Commissioner Reynders to ensure online public debate and associated algorithms are moderated and curated in a more transparent and accountable way by social media platforms.
Following the launch by the European Commission of its Recovery Plan for Europe, press freedom, media development, and journalists’ organisations call on EU Member States to adopt an ambitious Multiannual Financial Framework, to strengthen the European media sector and independent journalism.
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.
To mark World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 2020, GFMD, the International Civil Society Organization on the Safety of Journalists Coalition, and numerous GFMD members, partners, and affiliate networks have launched an emergency appeal for support for journalism organisations and independent media in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it the spread of potentially harmful misinformation and disinformation. With countries all around the world grappling to contain the coronavirus, the need for accurate media is increasingly apparent. With that, comes the need to identify, prevent, and challenge mis– and disinformation.
To mark World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 2020, GFMD, the Safety of Journalists Coalition, and numerous GFMD members, partners, and affiliate networks have launched an emergency appeal for journalism and media support in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
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. The first Town Hall led to the development of a joint statement and a shared resource centre.
GFMD has joined together with 24 other civil society partners to send a list of recommendations to EU leaders on how a newly formed rule of law mechanism can help strengthen press freedom and media plurality.
As part of The Global Network Initiative (GNI)’s ongoing blog series on freedom of expression in the digital era, GFMD’s Mira Milosevic and Michael Oghia guest wrote a blog post on the threats facing journalism and news media in a changing media environment.
With the increase in video conferencing, protecting ourselves online has never been more important. This includes knowing how to safeguard our online spaces from the phenomenon known as “Zoom-bombing.” We created a guide to help.
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.
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 February 6, IREX will host a GFMD webinar to present a new Annex to its Basic Training curriculum, provide a showcase of one of the curriculum’s lessons, and discuss inclusion in safety training.
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 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”.
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.