The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) have launched episode three of their media freedom podcast, The Back Story. Episode three focuses on online abuse and harassment of journalists and how they can deal with it.
The GIC is participating in the preparation of the UPR to be presented in the third cycle of this year. Their recommendations are based on the conclusions reached by several meetings and gatherings that integrated the views of professionals and relevant actors.
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.
The Access to Information (ATI) guide 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.
GFMD member Globe International Center celebrated their twentieth anniversary on July 5th, 2019. The event celebrated all of the work carried out by the organisation over the last twenty years and brought together representatives from private and public authorities, NGOs, and other international organisations.
GFMD, alongside nineteen other press freedom and media development organisations have co-signed a letter to new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen to prioritise press freedom, access to information, and journalist safety during her term.
GFMD, in collaboration with Deutsche Welle Akademie and Free Press Unlimited, in consultation with the Centre for Law and Democracy and Africa Freedom of Information Centre are pleased to announce the release of the “Road to 2030: Access to Information in the driver’s seat”.
Under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the annual High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is taking place from the 9th until the 18th of July 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
From July 10th to 11th 2019, GFMD will attend the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London, co-hosted by the UK and Canadian Govenments. The conference is part of an international campaign to raise awareness of the importance of international press freedom, and also to increase the consequences faced by those who try to restrict it.
GFMD is delighted to partner with BBC Media Action and a consortium of other media development organisations in the new “Protecting Independent Media for Effective Development” (PRIMED) project, alongside eight other media development organisations.
GFMD will be represented by Advocacy and Engagement Manager, Michael Oghia at a session titled “Impact of Digital Development on Media Pluralism” at the 21st Regional Central Asia Media Conference, titled “Media Freedom and Pluralism in times of Digital Transformation” will be held this year in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from July 17th to 18th.
On 9 July, 33 press freedom and media development organisations met in London in advance of the Global Media Freedom Conference to call on all participating States to ensure the protection and safety of all journalists and media workers in compliance with their existing obligations and international standards.
GFMD member Abraji hosted its 14th International Congress of Investigative Journalism in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from June 27th to 29th. Held annually since 2005, the Congress is the largest gathering of journalists in Latin America and this year’s event attracted 1200 attendees.
Together, with the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), GFMD have conducted an assessment of the implementation of Access To Information (ATI) laws (SDG 16.10.2) in Pakistan.
Together, with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) , GFMD have conducted an assessment of the implementation of Access To Information (ATI) laws (SDG 16.10.2) in Serbia.
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has recently launched the second season of its podcast The Backstory: A Media Freedom Podcast. The second season will be entirely devoted to examining in-depth the many facets of the conversation around the safety of journalists. The Backstory attempts to raise some of the fundamental aspects of the safety conversation to its global listeners.
On May 28-29, GFMD’s Anne Marie Hammer and Justine Marchal attended the EU DisinfoLab’s annual conference. Key experts presented the emotional and psychological mechanisms behind public susceptibility to disinformation, introduced research and findings related to the recent European election campaigns, and discussed viable options for regulation both nationally and internationally.
On June 25th at 16:00 CEST, GFMD will be hosting a members-only capacity-building webinar focusing on the challenges of fundraising for media development. The third instalment in GFMD’s ongoing Capacity-Building Programme, this event will focus on strategies for tapping into available funding streams for media development, including philanthropists and private foundations.
GFMD is delighted to announce that they have become an official member of the Global Network Initiative (GNI). This new membership provides a valuable route for GFMD to continue its advocacy and policy work, with the added support of the Global Network Initiative. Other GNI members include GFMD members Internews, IMS, and SMEX.
GFMD will be represented at RightsCon 2019 in Tunis by Executive Director, Mira Milosevic, and Advocacy and Engagement Manager, Michael J. Oghia. Additionally, GFMD will be co-organising a session on Wednesday, 12 June at 9:00 AM with Tim Karr from Free Press.