This weekend the Internews community learned of the tragic deaths of our greatly valued colleague, friend, and Internews Country Director, Philippe Allouard, and of greatly respected IT engineer of the ENDK radio program, Leonidas. They died in a traffic accident on the road between Port-au-Prince and Leogane in Haiti.
We are devastated by this loss and our hearts go out Philippe and Leonidas’ family and friends during this dark period. Read more »
“If there was ever a time we needed a partner to moderate the rising temperatures, this was it, and the local media came through in a special way. They handled issues with modesty and professionalism.”
These were the words of IEBC chairperson Isack Hassan, in his preamble to the announcement of the final results of Kenya’s 2013 elections. Read more »
Soofia was the creative director at an advertising agency in Islamabad, Pakistan. A close associate of her boss made several sexually inappropriate comments to her over an extended period, making her feel extremely uncomfortable. When she finally confronted him, he made lewd remarks and tried to attack her. Soofia was forced to resign from the organization and was asked to keep quiet about the events. Read more »
On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by a powerful earthquake and mega-tsunami that swept away entire towns and villages, leaving over 18,000 people dead or missing, over 6,000 injured and over 470,000 survivors seeking shelter. Some of the worst affected areas were without power, mobile phone networks and internet access for months. Read more »
By Ida Jooste, Internews in Kenya Country Director
March 4, 2013 was Kenya’s historic election day. All day long, radio and TV stations were broadcasting comprehensive coverage: live reports from voting stations, commentary from opinion makers, ongoing appeals to voters and assurances from politicians that this time, Kenya should be remembered for conducting peaceful elections … and for accepting the outcome. Most of the coverage so far has been upbeat, patriotic, and constructive. Read more »
The team at Salam Watandar, Afghanistan's national radio news network established by Internews, interviewed Alex Thier, USAID Assistant Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who was in Kabul. Nasir Maimanagy from Internews in Afghanistan also discussed Internews' work strengthening the media sector there. (Listen to the interview on Soundcloud) Read more »
When Somali journalist Shine Jamac was forced to flee his homeland in 2009, he first sought asylum in Ethiopia. It was not long before his profession began to cause him problems.
“When I was seeking asylum at the border a journalist asked to interview me because it was World Refugee Day. He asked me what I did for a living in Somalia, and I told him I was a fellow reporter. In Ethiopia they do not respect journalists, so when they heard this they put me in jail for 20 days,” Shine says with a rueful smile. Read more »
In the spring of 2012, melting snow and heavy rains caused mudflows and flash floods across Kyrgyzstan. The Ministry of Emergencies did not have the money or resources to deal adequately with the crisis, and residents were left to fend for themselves after the floods destroyed their homes and belongings. Read more »
Women in the northern provinces of Afghanistan will be able to communicate questions and messages about family, health and legal issues to Radio RabiaBalkhi using an application that incorporates SMS, Interactive voice response (IVR) and social media. Read more »
On Feb 19, on behalf of more than 40 signatories, Internews delivered a memo to the Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry, urging support for local media and ICTs as a centerpiece of the administration’s foreign assistance strategy. The undersigned, leaders of non-profits, foundations, and industry voiced their support for global freedom of expression and the ability of information and communication technologies to benefit economic and social development around the world.Read more »