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.
On International Women’s Day 2020, GFMD and over thirty other media organisations from around the world call upon all media leaders and journalists around the globe to take action against the skewed balance and representation of gender in the news – both in terms of numbers and in portrayal.
On March 2, United for News launched Reflect Reality, a digital manual to help newsrooms include more authoritative female and diverse voices in their stories. Led by Internews in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, Reflect Reality incorporates proven strategies and lessons learned to address this disparity.
The World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) recently released Episodes 4 and 5 of Season 2 of “The Backstory”, their podcast series exploring media freedom issues from across the globe.
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”.
Globe International Center released their Media Freedom Monitoring Report, analysing Mongolian laws, including those relating to the safety of journalists, in comparison with international standards relating to freedom of expression.
On December 2nd, 2019, ARTICLE 19 released the most recent edition of their Global Expression Report which outlines and summarises all major developments in freedom of expression around the world, noting that freedom of expression is at its lowest point in a decade.