After a year-long advocacy effort, Congolese community radio stations are now a significant step closer to enjoying improved legal status under Congolese law. Current conditions make it difficult for community radio stations in DRC to survive because they must pay the same license fees as other stations, but are prohibited from collecting advertising revenue.
Elsewhere around the world, community radio stations pay reduced or no license fees in recognition of the fact that they are a unique and important source of local news—one that is particularly critical across Africa. Read more »
Today, May 3, we mark the twentieth annual World Press Freedom Day, a time to review the state of press freedom around the globe and honor the journalists who have died doing their jobs. We also note that the challenges media workers face have evolved considerably since this day was established two decades ago. Read more »
Journalists and public health officials in Kenya have welcomed Internews’ new health journalism training program, Health Media Project (HMP), describing it as an opportunity to intensify their efforts to help Kenyans access quality, life-saving, health information, especially through data-driven reporting. Read more »
(Internews Founder and President Emeritus, David Hoffman wrote this op-ed for the Huffington Post on the role of the press in political transformation.)
May 3rd marks World Press Freedom Day. While we pause to honor those journalists who have been killed or imprisoned, it is important to realize the growing role media play in global politics and the changes that are redefining what it means to be a journalist. Read more »
“I hope that we’ll be able to meet in person someday,” says Ayal, a former Israeli soldier, to Jawad, a Palestinian activist, after they have communicated several times via a videoconference-satellite link in 1992. “I’d like to tell you what I’d have been doing if I were Palestinian. I think I would have fought against the occupation.” Read more »
Jeanne Bourgault was appointed by the Board of Directors of Internews to be its second President & CEO, succeeding founder David Hoffman. She will shepherd its mission to empower local media throughout the world, overseeing $62 million in programs currently in 46 countries, and a staff of nearly 690 across offices in 26 countries. Read more »