Journalists and activists run the risk of harassment and arrest because of insecure communications. But Jon Camfield, Internews Senior Technologist, explains why security tools don’t work if they aren’t easy to use. Developing with users in mind is at the core of Internews’ USABLE project.
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, even small rumors can makes things worse. On the one year anniversary of the Nepal earthquake, we take a moment to share the story of Open Mic, a rumor tracking and management program that we pioneered in the country.
Internews supports the production of quality content that effectively opens space for discussion and reflects the diversity of the community.
In Sri Lanka, Internews’ Journalist Sprint program brings together young journalists of Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim backgrounds to work together, building understanding of each other’s culture and laying a foundation for much-needed healing and reconciliation in the wake of a 27-year civil war.
Internews focuses on filling gaps in coverage of vital issues to drive local change. In Abyei, a disputed region between Sudan and South Sudan where conflict is the status quo, a radio program called Abyei Today has solidly built a reputation as the most trusted source of information and news among its listeners.
For nearly three years the program was a pre-packaged, pre-recorded magazine show of news stories and features reflecting the people and circumstances of Abyei. Now, to the delight of the staff and listeners, the program has gone live.
Internews works to include the voices of historically disadvantaged groups such as women, ethnic or religious minorities, and LGBT people.
Amina Azimi was a young girl when she lost her right leg from a rocket propelled grenade that landed near her home in Kabul. Now she works supporting and empowering women with disabilities in Afghanistan and neighboring countries.
Before that, with two other disabled journalists, Amina produced a radio program in Afghanistan for people with disabilities, providing crucial information and advocating for their human rights.
Internews believes that democracy is strengthened when citizens have the tools to critically engage with and analyze media. In Ukraine, this means educating teens and young adults.
Hyperbole, disinformation, propaganda. Three words that have defined the media landscape in Ukraine for many years. However, Internews now has evidence that Ukrainian attitudes towards both domestic and Russian journalism are changing and that Generation Z, those born since the year 2000, could be powering that change.
On International Women's Day, March 8, Internews celebrates the courageous women in media who challenge stereotypes and who work under sometimes very difficult conditions to bring news and information to their communities and protect women online.
Meet Carolina Botero Cabrera, a Colombian lawyer leading Karisma, a civil society organization that fights for internet freedom and gender equity in Colombia.
The rise of the internet and social media brings with it new platforms for freedom of expression. While the upside is clear, Internews president Jeanne Bourgault explores how women in many countries are being driven away from the online space because of harassment and threats of violence with this profile of Colombian lawyer Carolina Botero Cabrera.