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GFMD welcomes 32 new members

In October 2023, the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) welcomed thirty-two new members to our community of journalism support and media development organisations.

Author: Fiona Nzingo | 2. November 2023

We are thrilled to introduce our newest members, who have joined us on our mission to promote and advance media development worldwide. These dynamic organisations bring diverse perspectives and expertise to our network, enriching the collaborative spirit that defines GFMD. Together, we will continue to drive positive change in the global media landscape.

These new members are based across all continents, reflecting the international nature of the GFMD network. With that, we are pleased to  welcome the following organisations to GFMD.

General members

  1. #defyhatenow CameroonCameroon: #defyhatenow Cameroon’s key mandate is mobilising civic action against hate speech, violence and violent extremism online and offline in Cameroon. Their initiative works on providing community-based and data-driven solutions to the problem of hate speech, disinformation and misinformation.
  2. 211 CheckSouth Sudan: 211 Check is a fact-checking and information verification platform that works to counter misinformation and disinformation in South Sudan. South Sudan’s first and only independent fact-checking and information verification flagship project, established on 18 March 2020 to counter COVID-19 dis/misinformation and became a verified signatory of the International Fact-checking Network’s (IFCN) Code of Principles in March 2023.
  3. Association Al KhattTunisia: Al Khatt aims to be a laboratory of ideas and a space for reflection on the future of journalism in the age of the Internet; a global reflection both on the production of journalistic content and on the way to distribute and share it.
  4. Association for International BroadcastingUnited Kingdom: The Association for International Broadcasting is the only global alliance of media companies that deliver, or support the delivery of, cross-border and multi-platform international broadcasting. The AIB’s mission is to support, sustain, promote and protect its Members, wherever they are in the world, via a range of specialist services. The Association was formed to support organisations that face unique challenges by virtue of their remit to broadcast to and publish in multiple global jurisdictions and cultures.
  5. Center for Journalism and LibertyUnited States of America: The core mission of the Center for Journalism and Liberty is to ensure that the news media of the United States and our democratic allies are fully independent and robustly funded in the 21st century’s digital economy. The Center’s work is guided by the belief that government plays a fundamental role in structuring news media markets and business models to ensure that neither the state nor any one or few private actors control the words or actions of reporters, editors and publishers.
  6. Exile HubThailand: Exile Hub is a dedicated and reliable support system for media professionals and human rights defenders in Myanmar, and in exile to securely carry on their professions, strengthening the voices that make up Myanmar’s critical discourse.
  7. Finance UncoveredUnited Kingdom: Finance Uncovered’s mission is to improve the quantity and quality of investigative stories that are rooted in illicit finance or exploitation by training and supporting journalists and activists around the world.
  8. Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)  Media Leadership Think Tank South Africa: The primary purpose of the Think Tank is to support democracy by generating research and solutions in the broad media and audiovisual space on the African continent.
  9. Guardian FoundationUnited Kingdom: The Guardian Foundation’s purpose is to promote global press freedom and access to liberal journalism. Their vision is a world where people have access to reliable information from diverse sources, strengthening their ability to hold power to account.
  10. Human Rights Network for JournalistsUganda: Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) believes that by working together, journalists will be able to impact greatly the status of human rights within Uganda.
  11. Impress: The Independent Monitor for the PressUnited Kingdom: Impress is a champion for news that can be trusted. They make sure news providers can publish with integrity, and the public can engage in an ever-changing media landscape with confidence. They set the highest regulatory standards for news, offer education to help people make informed choices and provide resolution when disputes arise.
  12. Inform AfricaEthiopia: By establishing an in-house media technology development and research base, Inform Africa aspires to be a pioneer in the field of fact-checking, and media training, and support other local media houses in Ethiopia.
  13. Local Media Development Agency ABO NGOUkraine: The mission of NGO ABO Local Media Development Agency is to relaunch the local media market through the creation and development of independent local online media and projects, systematic development of its infrastructure, improving the professional level of local journalists and their skills, developing, testing and implementing business solutions and IT-instruments for media monetization, and deeper audience engagement.
  14. Lviv Media ForumUkraine: The NGO aims at empowering media communities on a regional, national and local scale and maintaining the dialogue in society through media. Since 2013, Lviv Media Forum has been serving as a key networking mechanism for journalists, civil activists and media influencers seeking common solutions in a changing media landscape. The main purpose of LMF is to make Ukrainian media viable — global, professional, ethical and capable.
  15. Media Action Nepal Nepal: Media Action Nepal (MAN)’s vision is to promote the culture of free expression and strengthen an independent, vibrant and accountable media. MAN protects journalists from attacks, promotes accountable media and combats the impunity of perpetrators to preserve the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and the right to information guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties and the Nepalese Constitution.
  16. Media and Journalism Research Center Estonia: Media and Journalism Research Center (MJRC) is an independent media research and policy think tank that seeks to improve the quality of media policymaking and the state of independent media and journalism through research, knowledge sharing and financial support. MJRC has a legal office that handles its publications in the UK and has the main academic affiliation in Spain.
  17. Media Challenge InitiativeUganda: The Media Challenge Initiative is building the next generation of journalists, storytellers and leaders in Uganda and East Africa who are equipped to create change in their communities using media. We are a youth-driven, African-led nonprofit and social enterprise, with a growing community of more than 2,000 skilled young journalists and media entrepreneurs who have been molded through our programs.
  18. MixerPoland: Mixer is dedicated to supporting journalists, storytellers, influencers, and content creators worldwide. We start from the Eastern European region and firmly spread our activities to Europe and the Caucasus. They organise workshops, and events, and provide essential services to empower those who produce impactful stories.
  19. Mozambican Investigative Journalism Center (CJIM)Mozambique: The Center for Investigative Journalism is a non-profit association created to develop investigative journalism in the public interest.
  20. Report for the World – The GroundTruth ProjectUnited States of America: Report for the World is a global journalism service program that supports full-time reporters with specialised skills at independent newsrooms across the globe.
  21. Syli CICUnited Kingdom: Syli supports mission-driven journalism in service of informed audiences around the world. Their mission is to support and advance mission-driven journalism by fostering new and forward-looking concepts, identifying sustainable financial models for journalism, and creating a healthier, more sustainable media ecosystem for better-informed global audiences who are empowered to take action for the benefit of all people, communities and the planet.
  22. Tanzania Media FoundationTanzania: TMF was set up in 2015 to contribute to transparency and accountability through media development work. They are committed to advancing the three-fold role of the media – that is, as watchdog, agenda-setter and gatekeeper – in Tanzania.

Affiliate members

  1. Bird Story Agency– Kenya: The bird story agency was established to shift narratives about and in Africa – for two years, the Bird has written 1200 stories about Africa that few tell and know of. With contributors from almost 40 African countries, their content has been delivered and continues to be delivered for free to over 100 media outlets around Africa.
  2. Centro per la Cooperazione Internazionale / Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa Italy: With its publications, OBC Transeuropa addresses the scientific community and, with its policy papers, it targets local, national and EU policy-makers. Moreover, OBC Transeuropa produces audiovisual material and educational kits and it holds workshops in schools and universities.
  3. DarajLebanon: Daraj is an independent media owned by journalists and focused on the creation and promotion of impact-driven journalism holding power into account and covering underreported and marginalised demographics.
  4. GKEcuador: GK is an independent media outlet based in Quito that produces explanatory journalism. With an innovative storytelling technique, GK covers accountability, the environment and gender, with a human rights focus.
  5. Megaphone Lebanon: Megaphone is an online independent media platform that produces explainer multimedia content that covers current affairs and social and cultural commentaries, in formats adapted for digital media. They aim to bring Lebanese politics closer to audiences that feel alienated by traditional media.
  6. MizzimaMyanmar (Burma): Mizzima aims to provide high-quality news on a variety of topics with hard news, features, investigative stories, etc. relating to Myanmar which is balanced, timely, and accurate for Burmese and international audiences. By producing high-quality news, Mizzima contributes to freedom of expression, opinion and the free flow of information in the public interest.
  7. Moz24h Newspaper Mozambique: Moz24hr is a generalist and pluralist media outlet based in Mozambique.
  8. Newspaper company Vreme Ldt Serbia: Vreme (Serbian for Time) is a weekly news magazine based in Belgrade, Serbia.
  9. Sudan TribuneSudan: Sudan Tribune is an electronic news portal on Sudan and South Sudan and neighbouring countries including news coverage, analyses and commentary, official reports and press releases from various organisations, and maps.
  10. Wazema RadioEthiopia: Wazema Radio’s mission is to promote democratic values through the provision of information.

GFMD is thrilled to add a new group of members to the network and to work with them to promote media development and support journalism wherever it is threatened across the globe.

Through collaboration, coordination, and collective action, our network of 171 members creates, promotes, and delivers policies and programmes to sustain journalism as a public good. Search our 170+ membership to find a partner for your project.

If you want to become a GFMD member, the application process is simple and quick. Find out more about how to join GFMD here.


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