“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.
All journalists play a key role in ensuring that the public is well-informed and protected from misinformation, which can cause real harm.
This fact-checking and verification toolkit was developed by Africa Check (January 2021), with the support from Fojo through the Consortium for Human Rights in Africa, CHARM-project.
Last week a military coup overthrew the government in Myanmar, imprisoning the elected leaders and restricting access to independent information to the public and citizens. Fojo talked to a media professional living in Yangon (the largest city in Myanmar), about how the situation is unfolding.
Since the presidential election in August 2020, Belarusian media are facing some of the most severe crackdowns on the freedom of speech. Fojo has gathered some of the examples on how publishers stay keep delivering quality journalism to their readers despite the pressure.
Fojo and IMS will further support the historic media reform process for Africa´s second largest population
How African investigative journalists in Africa are coming together.