Yntymak, a multilingual TV and radio station in southern Kyrgyzstan, celebrated its one-year anniversary with a public ceremony and concert on September 5. Yntymak (which means “harmony” or “accord” in both Kyrgyz and Uzbek) was cofounded by Internews and the government of Kyrgyzstan to promote inter-ethnic reconciliation between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks following a spate of ethnic violence in the South in 2010.
The station broadcasts TV and radio content in Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Russian in Kyrgyzstan’s southern Osh and Jalalabad provinces. Read more »
Local journalists in the Philippines are posting news and information on environmental issues and communicating with disaster-affected communities using an innovative new SMS-based reporting platform called EnviroNews. The platform was launched by the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists with support from Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN). Read more »
Hundreds of listeners in South Sudan came to vote for and celebrate their new radio station associations, a big step towards true community ownership of the local stations.
“This association will be able to collect the views of the community and pass them on to the station,” said Naath FM Radio Association Member John Chuol Chap. “Naath FM will be able to broadcast programs that will represent the needs and concerns of our community. This will be useful for residents in the area, since this is our station.” Read more »
In Armenia, Internews has been supporting a variety of public art projects focused on drawing public attention to social and political issues. Public art can serve as an important way to voice alternative viewpoints and raise public awareness when a country's media is strictly controlled or censored. Read more »
The world’s largest refugee camp held elections for community leaders this week, in a massive logistical event coordinated by the Kenyan Department of Refugee Affairs. For most of the refugees in Dadaab this was the first time they had ever cast a ballot, and the need for education and information around the election process was critical. With more than 1700 candidates running for office, and a largely illiterate electorate, the challenges were immense. Read more »
Job loss, eviction, and social ostracism are just some of the risks that LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) individuals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) encounter when their sexual orientation is revealed, and fear of these risks prevents them from reporting discrimination and bias-motivated crimes.
"I would not dare press charges against anyone who victimized me for being a lesbian; it would only lead to more problems for me," said one BiH citizen, who preferred to remain anonymous. Read more »
Using web-based platforms and social media, over 80 multiethnic young people from six countries across the Balkans met in Sarajevo to develop technologies to address social issues such as discrimination based on ethnicity and religion, as well as education, gender, LGBT rights, activism/volunteerism, and regional politics. Read more »
To help humanitarian responders to quickly gather, analyze, and act upon data during a crisis, Humanitarian Data Toolkit a physical box of tools and a ready-to-go research design that can be rapidly implemented anywhere, has recently been piloted. Read more »
A new Internews radio program has launched in the disputed region of Abyei between Sudan and South Sudan. Now every week residents can hear critically important news, informative features and entertaining stories on the Abyei This Week, program. Read more »
Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, on the border of Kenya and Somalia, is a makeshift home to more than 400,000 people. In this transitory city the need for reliable, accessible humanitarian information was identified by Internews in 2011 as a critical need for a more effective humanitarian response. Read more »