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.
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The deadly Ebola outbreak has so far claimed more than 2,200 lives. In a public health emergency like this one, people need reliable, trustworthy, and actionable information about the disease and how to prevent it.
Aaron Debah is a nurse in Ganta, Liberia – on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak. As well as serving as Executive Director of Community Action Against Ebola (CAAEB), Debah has also been producing radio shows on health issues for two years.
Josh Machleder, Internews Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and Asia Programs is traveling in Eurasia, visiting Internews projects and sending updates on the work of local media and civil society in-country.
When Anja Gengo, a third-year law student at the University of Sarajevo, saw the USAID-funded Internews project in Bosnia call for applicants to its Media Law Clinic and Moot Court, she didn't even know that media law existed. "It's something you don't even hear about," she said.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 71 journalists have been killed in Syria and more than 80 kidnapped. Most of those have been killed for covering the war, and most of them were local. Only 11 were foreign reporters.