As part of participation in various UN processes, ahead of the 2021 UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), GFMD submitted a written statement for the 2021 ECOSOC High-level Segment, highlighting the mass deterioration of democracy around the world and the role media and the right of access to information can play in halting its decline.
Women remain underrepresented in leadership roles in media organisations despite a higher proportion of female students graduating from university journalism courses worldwide. In a bid to challenge this disparity the Thomson Foundation has teamed up with Baraza Media Lab to launch The Bettina Fund – Empowering women in media. The initiative is in memory of Bettina Peters – a tireless advocate for equality in media.
With only 0,3% of Overseas Development Aid going to media development, it’s no wonder that many organisations struggle to make ends meet. GFMD has put together a new fundraising centre and guide specifically aimed at our sector to help small or medium-sized media development organisation improve your fundraising proposals.
Following an all-network GFMD learning and policy meeting, GFMD submitted a joint contribution to the UN Special Rapporteur’s call for submissions on “Gender Justice and the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression”. The submission was developed with input from Fondation Hirondelle, University of Sheffield, and The Centre for Law and Democracy.
GFMD’s guide on how to use your right of access to information (ATI) is intended to help journalists to use their fundamental right of access to public information. Through four steps, the resource seeks to concretely guide journalists as they are requesting information from a public authority.
The Global Forum for Media Development, a network of journalism and media development organisations reaffirms its support to all journalists and media outlets reporting from Palestine and Israel, including Gaza. We express our grave concern for the safety and security of journalists, reporters, and media organisations while doing their job and call for a permanent end to all hostilities.
During the World Press Freedom Day Conference 2021, the Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media – a hub for the press freedom, media development, and journalism sectors to engage with Internet governance and digital policy matters – held a workshop to strategise policies going forward.
On May 3 2021 GFMD celebrated World Press Freedom Day – a globally important date of recognition for media professionals, who daily work towards the right of access to information, freedom of expression and thought. GFMD stood with all journalists and media workers who strive for truth, and collected the most important news from our network, dedicated to WPFD.
Ahead of World Press Freedom Day 2021, read some recent highlights of the conversations from within the Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media hub, which has evolved into a lively platform for conversations about media sustainability.
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.