Report from 5th Myanmar Media Development Conference

Under the heading “Inclusive, independent media in a new democracy”, the 5th annual Myanmar Media Development Conference took place 7 – 8 November 2016 in Yangon, the first to be held under the new democratically elected government.
The conference featured government representatives, media owners, human rights activists, and media practitioners from different ethnic backgrounds.
Gender inequality in media and the challenges of ethnic and community media were at the heart of discussions.
Picking up on the themes of previous media development conferences, panelists from Myanmar’s media community, government and invited international media development experts took stock of media reforms in areas such as media law, the safety of journalists and community media.

This report summarises the main points from the two day conference.

New research: Gender in the Russian Media Landscape

With support from Fojo and its Russian partners, researches from the The Russian Scientific Academy Institution conducted a gender research during the autumn of 2016. The findings shows how gender bias is built into the power structures of media organisations and how women are the ones loosing out within the Russian media landscape.

The research shows that on the local level women make up more than half of the Russian executives in media, but closer to power, fewer women. In regional media 36 percent of the executives are women, in some regions the number is 60 percent. But among the 30 largest federal printed media the number was only 10 percent.

Oleg Khomenok

Oleg makes his marks

It was 16 years ago, in 2000, when Oleg Khomenok from Ukraine came to Fojo in Kalmar fort the first time, then with a group of editors to study local newspapers. Two years later he passed Training of Trainers at Fojo. Soon SCOOP was launched and since 2013 Oleg has trained Russian reporters in investigative journalism under Scoop Russia in Kalmar.
–The most important role for a journalist is to tell the truth. That has not changed since the beginning of journalism. To inform about issues that might affect people, explain, show perspective and also entertain.

Gender Belarus

Unique research: Gender in the Belarusian Media Landscape

From Belarus we hear about unrest and the arrests of people who are taking part in protests. At the same time, a unique research conducted by Fojo and its partners in Belarus show how gender bias is built into the power structures of media organisations and how women are the ones losing out.

 Q&A on Women in Myanmar media

Q&A on Women in Myanmar media

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.

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

Action for Transparency has a new website

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

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