8 March is International Women’s Day and we are taking the opportunity to shine the spotlight on the challenges and opportunities faced by IMS-Fojo’s partners and colleagues within the Myanmar media sector. Here is what they had to say.
Action for Transparency is a pioneering project that fights corruption and mismanagement of government funds by putting the power to change in the hands of citizens. Using a mobile phone or a laptop with Internet access, anyone is able to check the amount of government money pledged to each school and health clinic – and the amount actually spent. The app was launched in May 2014 in Uganda and Zambia, and in May 2015 the project was launched in Kenya.
Now the project in Kenya has launched a new website actionfortransparency.org
The UNESCO and Fojo International joint project on Self Regulation in Jordan Media had its closing session in Amman February 27. People from different Media institutions and Media businesses met to discuss the outcome of the Study visits, executed in December 2016.
Workshop Journalism is one of the last courses before the students graduate at School of Journalism and Communication (SJC) in Kigali, Rwanda. The course focuses on practical exercises that incorporates writing, radio and television. Volunteers Fredrik Nejman and Agneta Nordin has been at the school and taught the course in February.
Here you can hear three of the students talk about their experiences.
A roundtable discussion on media self-regulation has been organised for senior members of the Jordanian media, government and civil society. The discussion is a follow-up to the media self-regulation study tour that took place from 4-14 December 2016, and is meant to bring the same group together in Jordan to reflect on the lessons learned during the study tour and to discuss a way forward for self-regulation in Jordan.
The roundtable took place under the framework of the EU funded and UNESCO Amman Office implemented “Support to Media in Jordan” Project, as part of the project component on self-regulation that is implemented by Fojo Media Institute.
More to read here.
In a first for Zimbabwe, residents of Mutare, the fourth largest city in the country, have scrutinized the city council’s budget against their service delivery.
Working with MISA-Zimbabwe, a partner organisation in the Fojo-managed Swedish Media Development Programme, the Mutare Residents and Rate-Payers Trust (UMRRT) have conducted an investigative study of the Mutare City Council 2016 budget against their service delivery. On 17 February 2017, they launched the result in the form of a social audit report assessing successes and shortfalls in the city council’s management of its budget.
Terror creates chaos. Terrorism affects the entire society. Has the world become more dangerous, a scarier place? Or does it only feel that way.
We need to increase our awareness on how different concepts regarding terrorism are used in journalism. We need to work together on this, it is both difficult and important.
Therefore, the Media Institute Fojo in cooperation with the Institution for media and journalism at the Linnaeus university arrange a conference for both journalists and media researchers in Kalmar May 9-11: Journalism in a world of terrorism – terrorism in a world of journalism.
The first day is open to public, the conference open to delegates after application.
Enclosed is invitation/application for journalists and media researchers.
Special Report to OHCHR focusing on Threats and On-line Hate against Women Journalists and Gender Equality
Fojo Media Institute’s Special Report focusing on Threats and On-line Hate against Women Journalists and Gender Equality summarizes experiences from actors within the Swedish media sector specifically related to on-line hate and threats against women journalists in Sweden. It also provides summaries of Fojo Media Institute’s activities related to on-line hate and threats against women journalists as well as gender equality in Sweden, globally, Somalia, Russia and Belarus, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and the MENA-region.
Read the report and the annexures:
Special Report focusing on Threats and On-line Hate against Women Journalists and Gender Equality
1. Edström, M. (2016) ‘The trolls disappear in the light’
2. The 2 December Declaration
3. Concept Note on a proposed Swedish based International Centre to Manage Online Hate and Threats against Women Journalists
4. ‘Women at the frontline of Zimbabwe Journalism - Challenges of staying the course’
5. The Alexandria Declaration