On March 21st a side-event was organized during the Commission on the Status of Women in New York by GFMD, Fondation Hirondelle, Free Press Unlimited, International Media Support (IMS), Internews, IREX, and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI).
From 26-27 March, GFMD participated in a gathering of local and national governments along with civil society actors in Tunis. The Technical Consultation was an opportunity to focus on the key messages related to the Inclusive Institutions dimension of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16).
Deadline: 12 April 2019
Workshop Three Thematic Focus Areas in the IGF 2019 Programme At its first face-to-face meeting in January, and following extensive discussions on a strategic, thematic direction for IGF activities in 2019, the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) identified three priority themes on which to build a focused and cohesive programme this year.
On 21 March 2019, GFMD will co-host a media development panel as part of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) NGO Forum. The event titled, ‘Does the online space allow women in media to challenge stereotypes and misrepresentation?’ will explore the ways in which women are harnessing online spaces.
International Women’s Day is not just a day to celebrate women’s rights; it’s an important chance to reflect on whether we, the media industry, are doing enough to promote gender balance. That’s why, for the first time, WAN-IFRA is not just supporting awareness campaigns; we’ve launched one of our own.
This International Women’s Day 2019, GFMD members are calling upon media leaders around the globe to stand up and protect the rights of women journalists. Media must hire a diverse workforce and adopt gender equality policies in order to stand by women journalists and produce stories that are relevant to all groups in society.
On March 4th and 5th, Global Focus held an international conference titled “Claiming Civic Space Together – Joint strategies to ensure development and humanitarian action” in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Abraji (Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism) with the support of Google News Lab, launched the survey “Women in Brazilian Journalism,” to understand the limits that the gender issues imposed on the performance of their professions.
في فبراير 2019 ، أعلن المركز الفلسطيني للتنمية والحريات الإعلامية عن إطلاق مؤشر حرية الصحافة الخاص به. تحدثت شبكتنا مع موسى الريماوي ، المدير العام لشبكة مدى لفهم أهمية هذا المؤشر.
Through its dedication to supporting independent journalism and broad public access to information, GFMD has committed to enhance the reporting process of Right to Information (RTI) laws as well as to assess the extent to which these laws are being enforced by public bodies in certain countries.
In February 2019, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), announced the launch of its own Press Freedom Index. GFMD spoke to Mousa Rimawi, MADA’s Director General to further understand the significance of this index.
In 2015, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly launched the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This guide aims to inform the overall process pursued by a committed state toward realising these SDGs.
On 21 February, the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) launched a methodology aiming to assess Right to Information (RTI) implementation laws in Pakistan during a workshop held in Islamabad.
GFMD presented a joint statement on behalf of our members at the “Confronting the Crisis in Independent Media: Strategic Approaches for International Donors” meeting of donors, which will took place in Paris on 31 January and 1 February 2019.
GFMD calls on the international community to reinforce its recognition of the importance of media and journalism for good governance and democratic institutions by firmly positioning support for the sector within the overall international development assistance and governance agenda.
On 23 January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, United for News, a global multi-stakeholder coalition of media, private industry and NGOs, which includes GFMD, is announcing pilot programs in Canada, Iraq and Ukraine to address the deficit of women in news reporting.
A recent report from the Fojo Institute describes and analyses how online propaganda against journalists across the world – through hate, harassment, threats and fabricated news – undermines independent reporting, sows doubt among the public and makes journalists, in particular female journalists, open for online attacks and physical abuse.
On 16 January, the European Parliament voted to adopt the annual report on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2017. We commend the EP for its strong focus on media and freedom of expression, and appreciate that the report recognised the provisions for media freedom in the EU’s external funding instruments.
The Ariadne Network, which brings European donors and staff together to work in support of human rights, social change, and justice, released a seminal guide in collaboration with the Transparency and Accountability Initiative earlier this year. Written by Sameer Padania, “An Introduction to Funding Journalism and Media,” offers clear and detailed advice to guide those wishing to venture into funding journalism and media projects with the right tools necessary to navigate the funding landscape.
Given the reality of today’s online environment and what it means for conveying accurate, high-quality information, it is important to address underlying mechanisms that have enabled the manipulation of online information spaces. By also addressing how information is created and disseminated from a market viewpoint, not simply a content viewpoint, it paints a more holistic picture of the challenges faced in keeping a citizenry informed.