Ahead of International Women’s Day 2021, GFMD spoke with the Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network to discuss how the organisation came to be, how their members carry on Marie Colvin’s legacy, the many issues facing female journalists.
In January, 2021, following approval from our Steering Committee, GFMD welcomed nine new members to our ever-growing community of journalism support and media development organisations. The nine new members are based in nine different countries, reflecting the international nature of the GFMD network.
Eight months into the COVID-19 crisis, MDIF are offering a set of recommendations to help mitigate the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on media businesses.
Globe International Center (GIC) have published an appeal calling on Government and the State Emergency Commission to respect civil and political rights during the pandemic.
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is an acknowledgment that impunity remains a huge global issue; when those responsible for crimes against journalists are not held to account we allow a perverse culture to grow that continually degrades our right to freedom of expression and information.
On October 22, GFMD member Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) hosted a member-only webinar in which they outlined the work that they do and the ever-increasing importance of community media in Europe and around the world.
It is with a heavy heart that we convey our sadness at the loss of Bettina Peters. A true champion for media development, Bettina led the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) as its director from 2007-2012.
On July 9, 2020, Hannah Storm of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) hosted a GFMD member-only webinar titled “Tips for covering a pandemic: how to practice ethical journalism during COVID-19”.
On Thursday, June 4th, Devon Terrill and Kelly Smits from The Stanley Center for Peace and Security hosted a GFMD member-only webinar titled “Collaboration and Convening: A Programmatic Approach to Supporting Independent Journalism and Media”.
On May 7th, 2020, Scott Griffen, Deputy Director of the International Press Institute (IPI) and Kathryn Geels, Programme Director at the European Journalism Centre (EJC) hosted a GFMD member-only webinar focusing on their ongoing Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) grant programme.
Now, more than ever, a clear understanding is needed of how news media outlets can stay – or become – viable. To aid this, DW Akademie has developed a new set of Media Viability Indicators to allow media managers, media development experts, donors, and academics to gather data and evidence of viability by evaluating individual media outlets or entire information ecosystems.
WAN-IFRA have just launched the third season of The Backstory, a podcast series exploring media freedom issues from across the globe. The series looks at challenging issues that journalists and media organisations are faced with, exploring how they tackle – and surmount – the obstacles to continue reporting the news.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, on May 1st, The Globe International Center (GIC) organised a Facebook live event to celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2020. As well as this, GIC celebrated the day by awarding the 12th annual Media Freedom Award “For the Truth”, to Mongolian investigative reporter, G. Tsolmon.
On 3rd May 2020, national and local celebrations for World Press Freedom Day will take place around the world, some in the form of online debates and workshops. UNESCO launched a global campaign on media and social media channels, with a focus on “Journalism without Fear or Favour”.
The COVID-19 outbreak has been accompanied by a surge in misinformation, disinformation, and, in some countries, government censorship, at a time when access to factual and timely information has never been so important. Annie Game, Executive Director of IFEX, urges human rights defenders to keep their eyes on the ball during the pandemic.
On April 2nd, Toby Mendel and Laura Notess of The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) hosted a GFMD member-only webinar titled Right to Information in the Time of COVID-19. CLD promotes fundamental rights for democracy, with an emphasis on freedom of expression, freedom of association, the right to information, and digital rights.
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project have been awarded the 2020 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The prestigious award is presented each year to a select group of social entrepreneurs whose innovations have already had significant impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems.
At times like these, media managers, editors, and owners may feel powerless at the destruction of the economic foundations their outlets are built on. While we can’t make brands advertise when they don’t want to or replace every live event with a webinar, there are steps news executives can take to limit the losses they are facing.
On March 5th 2020, Paula Orlando of Internews hosted a GFMD member-only webinar titled “Reflect Reality: Join the Global Movement to Source Women in the News”. The goal of this webinar was to present the project Reflect Reality to the audience while providing a walk-through of the Reflect Reality website
WAN-IFRA have released Episode Six of their media freedom Podcast, The Backstory. The newest episode outlines the steps journalists can take to keep themselves safe while covering protests, which are taking place internationally with increasing frequency.