Journalists in Exile Face New Challenges

16 oktober, 2015

Since 2010 more than 450 journalists have been forced to work outside their home country due to threats and violence directly associated with their work. Many of these journalists carry horrifying stories and are scarred by their experience of harassment, direct threats and physical violence.

- Not only journalists are punished and subjected to threats, but our relatives also suffer. It is a method they use and an experience that many journalists share, said Emin Milli, director of Meydan TV broadcasting from Berlin into Azerbaijan.

In response to their plight, Fojo Media Institute initiated an international forum for exiled media in 2010 to listen to their needs and, in 2012, with the strong support of Sida, began a three year programme to strengthen independent journalism in exile. Since then in-house workshops, regional Training of Trainers for the Newsroom and Business Planning forums have taken place in Africa, Asia and Eastern and Central Europé.

Fojo’s third international Exiled Media forum brought together decision makers and professional journalists to discuss new trends in funding and technology – both essential for the exiled media’s survival. Among the participants represented were Mats Djurberg from the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO and Gabriel Liljenström of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

- I am really thankful for this experience and I wish we see each other again, if not through Fojo, then through other activities, said Oslo-based Öystein Alme, administrative director of Voice of Tibet.

Björn Widmark, text and photo

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