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Press Club Belarus team released after nearly 8 months in prison

Almost exactly eight months after their arrest, the four members of Press Club Belarus have been released from prison.

As of the date of the publication (August 30, 2021), there are 650 political prisoners in Belarus of which 27 are journalists and media professionals.

‘Right to information’ training leads to social change in Bangladesh

Four years ago a young Bangladeshi woman from a low income neighbourhood in Dhaka, was invited to attend a training session that she was told would change her life.

She went along with seven other women to learn about the Right to Information (RTI) Act and how they were entitled to submit questions and receive answers about government services affecting their lives, families and neighbours.

The three-day workshop, organised by the country’s Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI) and supported by the Fojo Media Institute, was designed to empower women with the tools they need to access previously concealed data. 

On the final day she had drafted two RTI applications. One questioned her high school fees and asked how they were spent, resulting in the school’s accounts being published and fees reduced. 

Myanmar journalists keen on gender as a reporting tool, survey shows

-What most still understand gender to be is just male and female and to promote the participation of women voices in the community through the media platform. Actually, the definition of gender is so much wider than that, says Kyaw Min Swe, Executive Director of Myanmar Journalism Institute and longterm partner of Fojo Media Institute.

Towards Operationalising Self-Regulation in Ethiopia

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.