BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A group of Myanmar activists, including former political prisoners, are launching a campaign on Friday to tackle the ‘hate speech’ against Muslims that has engulfed social media and spread into Burmese society.
(This blog post was written by Aurelia Moser, an Open News Fellow at Internews in Kenya.)
“There’s no more powerful force in modern society than the news. It shapes how we see the world, what we judge to be good or bad, important or silly, right or wrong.” ~ Alain de Botton, “Have you Heard the News?” Psychologies, 4/2014
To promote increased access to information on the electoral process, in preparation for the April 5 presidential elections, Internews worked with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) to create the open-source elections website, VOTE.af. PAN is Afghanistan’s leading newswire service.
The website, which received 15,364 visits in February, features voter information, connections to national institutions engaged in the elections, as well as detailed pages for all 34 provinces, with local news and local election information.
In the run-up to the April 5th elections in Afghanistan, the Afghan Cultural House (ACH) with support from Internews has been holding mock presidential debates for youth to give them opportunities to increase their understanding of the electoral process and advocate their positions on important issues.
In 2005, Internews conducted its first digital safety training seminar, for journalists in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Since then, we’ve trained and collaborated with hundreds of journalists and bloggers around the world on digital security issues. Together we’ve been learning the lessons of the rapidly-changing technology in the work and craft of journalism. The challenges of staying safe and secure online, while keeping sources and data safe are now the new reality for media workers everywhere.
The current crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has severely compromised the capacity of local media to do their job and is starving communities of one of their most precious assets, local radio and news.
In a country with no more than a few hundred kilometers of paved roads and with mobile connectivity limited to the main cities, local radio stations have historically been a lifeline – what people use to find out what’s going on around them.
Fishermen Guillermo and Sosimo are live on Radyo Bakdaw’s Livelihoods program reporting to Cristina, their financial advisor, that they have beaten the savings target she set for them last week. Cristina is taking them through a process of learning how to budget, save and make investment decisions as part of an effort to help residents of Guiuan in the Philippines get back on their feet.
The hope is that Guillermo and Sosimo will serve as role models for listeners.
After an intense 48 hours, Myanmar’s first-ever hackathon finished at 6pm on Sunday, March 16. The hackathon, which was organized by Code for Change Myanmar and supported by Internews, brought together 76 of Myanmar’s most talented young developers, designers and entrepreneurs.
When the hackathon began at 6pm on Friday March 14, the participants were presented with eight problems from six different NGOs. The problems ranged from how to help women manage birth spacing to how to make it easier for farmers to optimize irrigation.