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 »
When the powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, resulting in more than 230,000 deaths and at least 300,000 injuries in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, communications infrastructure went critical. Read more »
While more than 15 years have passed since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, media outlets in the Balkans remain highly politicized along ethnic and national lines. The majority run entertainment pieces and sensationalist human dramas rather than covering sensitive social and human rights issues that adversely affect the daily lives of people across the region. Minority voices are seldom heard from in mainstream media, and violations of their rights rarely receive public attention. Read more »
In a country where information is hard to come by, Internews built three community FM radio stations, providing a valuable service to the Darfuri refugee population and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in camps in eastern Chad. Because of a lack of trained journalists in the country, Internews helped young people who were novices but eager to learn take lead roles at the stations. Read more »
Madjihinguem Nguinabe talks about what motivates him as a journalist to help his community get the information they need.
I was always really interested in the work of radio stations and I’d heard about Internews, so I asked for a work placement. I really wanted to see what journalism was like because I didn’t know anything about it. Voix de Ouaddai in Abeche fortunately took me on as a volunteer in 2009, and I moved here to Goz Beida to work at Radio Sila in 2010. Read more »