Webinar on Transborder Corruption

Together with Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) and Nils Resare and Carolina Jemsby from the Eye of Corruption Sweden Fojo led an educational webinar about international transborder corruption on 5th April 2017. The webinar worked with some practical examples.
Journalists from nine MENA countries (Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, Palestine and Yemen) participated during the 90-minute interactive webinar.

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.

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

Students from our project in Rwanda about a course

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.

Fojo and UNESCO host roundtable discussion on media self-regulation in Jordan

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.
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