• Live on the Air in the Philippines: Radio “Rise” Reconnects Communities

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    Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    On November 26 at 6:00 am, Internews launched Radio Bakdaw ("Rise" in the local language) on 92.9 FM providing much-needed news and information to over 50,000 people in Guiuan in Eastern Samar, Philippines, where typhoon Haiyan first touched land on November 8.

    Every house in Guiuan was either destroyed or severely damaged in the storm. Until Radio Bakdaw went live on air there was no available radio on the entire FM band. Reports from NGOs in the area confirm that Radio Bakdaw can now be heard at least 40km from Guiuan.

  • Internews Launches Temporary Emergency Radio Station in Philippines

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Internews has secured a temporary emergency broadcast license and will immediately begin establishing a radio station for public service in the hard-hit Tacloban/Leyte area, on frequency 92.7 FM, initially for a one-month period.

    Internews is currently seeking a second emergency broadcast license to operate from the Eastern Samar region and a 3-month extension of both licenses for an extra 3-month period, until March 31, 2014.

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  • Groundbreaking Multimedia Information Service to help Syrians Access Humanitarian Aid

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Internews is partnering with the global humanitarian agency the International Rescue Committee on a new project – Tawasul, or تواصل, which will address the widely reported problem of Syrians struggling to access readily available information about how to find help and humanitarian assistance.

    The Tawasul project, which translates as “Connection,” also aims to provide reliable and actionable information to counter the current climate of rumors, misinformation and propaganda that exacerbates vulnerability.

  • We need you now.

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Like many of you, I watched the news from the Philippines over the weekend with great distress as a terrible disaster unfolded. In the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, information is scarce. Confusion and desperation are evident amongst the survivors interviewed just in the Tacloban area.

    One woman told a reporter, “I survived the storm but now I wonder if I can survive this….”

  • Internews Assesses Information Needs in Post-Haiyan Philippines

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    With electricity, media, and mobile networks knocked out in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, information is scarce for aid agencies and those in desperate need of aid – making it difficult to understand the full scale of needs.

    Internews’ Rapid Response Unit has deployed a Humanitarian Media team to the Philippines. The team is conducting a fast assessment of the media and communications environment to see what can be done to help restore capacity in the media sector and support information flows to people affected by the disaster. Learn more, and support the effort.