On July 28th, MERSA Media Institute (MMI), in collaboration with Fojo-IMS, launched a study themed at operationalising media self-regulation in Ethiopia. The study explores ways of developing an independent, professional, vibrant, responsible and public interest-responsive media sector in Ethiopia. Self-regulation is one of the key components of the IMS-Fojo program in Ethiopia, as it aims to help strengthen the media reform partly through self-regulated media.
It all starts with the Youth
Fojo-IMS supports a 12 month Media Literacy Empowerment project targeting high school students across Ethiopian regions.
Nardos Shitaye, 19, was sitting at the table scanning her Telegram updates over her phone when it rang. It was from her school, asking if she wanted to be part of a media literacy training arranged through Bahirdar University with the support of Fojo-IMS Media reform programme.
Rwanda has made great progress in gender equality and has an ambitious gender policy that cuts across all sectors of society. It is steadily among the top ten countries globally on the Gender Gap Index and the highest-ranking African country. It has made great strides in legal reforms and protection against violence is enshrined in law. Challenges remain, however.
The multi-skilled, multi-tasking and ever-mindful journalist is in demand in these times of media disruption in Thailand, as well as elsewhere in Southeast Asia. With the digitalisation of our information settings comes the need to update not just how news is reported, but the teaching and training of journalism itself.
In this chat, Jessada and Fojo Media Institute’s consultant Johanna Son discuss the challenges that our changed media settings pose on journalism today, why it is important to develop journalism learning tools that are contextualised in perspective and language.
Fojo’s partner GRMA set up a joint sales office to help regional media reach to national advertisers
“I know the potential dangers and consider that I could be the one who is shot that day, but I want to go to the demonstrations myself anyway.
In May 2020, the west coast of Bangladesh was hit by Cyclone Amphan, at a time of lockdown due to coronavirus. There was no public transport and newsgathering was difficult. Award-winning Bangladeshi journalist Rafiqul Islam Montu says that thanks to the Investigative Journalism Partnership, which covered the cost of an eight-day trip, he was able to compile enough information to file a series of five reports on the situation which led to the government taking action in the affected area.
Montu, who was born in a small coastal community in Bangladesh, grew up determined that “the voices of these marginalised people would reach the decision makers” so that it would be “easier for the government to set policy on the coast”.
He travels by boat, rickshaw, van, or foot. “I have to walk a long way to places where there is no transportation and have walked 25 kilometres in one day,” he says…
CHARM-Africa’s new anthology People, Power, Truth brings together the thoughts of different thinkers in the media space, civil organisations and human rights activists in Sub-Saharan Africa, aiming to strengthen coalition building between civil society, media and human rights defenders in the region. It also lays the foundation for a think tank that will work for the realisation of a free and vibrant media and civil society in Sub-Saharan Africa.
A new baseline study focusing on gender in the Ethiopian media landscape by IMS and Fojo will assist projects working to ensure that women are better represented at all levels of media sector organisations and media coverage in Ethiopia.
The first ever COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon took place in Kenya in mid-February. A group of young creative Kenyan techies competed to develop the best way to visualise data on the COVID-19 Aid Tracker. The Aid Tracker is developed to track corruption of funds meant for activities combatting the effects of COVID-19.