Historically, the government of Afghanistan has been marked by a lack of transparency, with only a vague – and thus far unenforced – reference in its decade-old constitution to the guaranteed right to access to information.
That all might be changing soon: earlier this summer, Afghanistan’s Lower House of Parliament approved the country’s first-ever Access to Information Law. Now, Internews partner Nai is leading multi-stakeholder advocacy efforts to encourage the swift and responsible passage of the law by Afghanistan’s Upper House, and ultimately by Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
Neha Sethi has just been named the Earth Journalism Scholar for 2015. Earth Journalism Scholars attend the UC Berkeley (UCB) Graduate School of Journalism in the spring semester, through a partnership between Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and UCB. Courses include the graduate-level Earth Journalism course on international environmental reporting, co-taught by EJN Executive Director James Fahn. Sethi was selected from more than 80 applicants in a competitive application process.
“We need you to tell our story,” Headman Pan Changairo says to a group of journalists. “We don’t want to lose our land and our way of life.” Changairo is concerned about the effects a proposed large-scale dam would have on his village in Northern Thailand, Mae Khannin Tai.
In The Guardian, Jeanne Bourgault, Internews President & CEO, and Daniel Bruce, Internews Europe Chief Executive, argue that journalists on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak have a vital role in stopping the epidemic: messaging campaigns from governments and international aid workers are important, but not enough.
More than a month after the agreement of a cease-fire in Gaza, time seems to stand still for many Gazans, with no clear signal of when houses will be rebuilt and other essential aspects of recovery from the recent conflict proceed. With a donor conference to discuss reconstruction and recovery scheduled for October 12th ordinary citizens still, get by day-to-day, either living in shelters, with friends and relatives, or even in the ruins of their damaged or destroyed homes. Clearly, no news is bad news for the over 100,000 people remaining displaced in the aftermath of the conflict.
When the President of Sierra Leone announced a national three-day lockdown on September 18, the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) and the Independent Radio Network (IRN) sprang into action.
Most Sierra Leoneans complied with the order and stayed at home, tuning into their radios religiously.