• Local Media Gets High Praise from Kenya’s Electoral Commission Chairperson and from Kofi Annan

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    By Ida Jooste, Internews Kenya Country Director

    “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.

  • International Women's Day 2013: Amplifying Women's Voices in Media

    Kenyan women at the mic in the studio
    Friday, March 8, 2013

    Increased participation by women in the media can lead to improvements in healthcare awareness, prevention of sexual- and gender-based violence, and an increase in job skills and civil society engagement. On International Women’s Day 2013, Internews honors women in media around the world who work tirelessly and sometimes risk their lives to inform their local communities.

  • Women in Pakistan Use Online Media to Speak Out Against Gender-Based Violence

    Take Back the Tech campaign poster
    Friday, March 8, 2013

    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.

  • New Report Examines the Role of Communications in the Disastrous 2011 Earthquake in Japan

    Cover: Connecting the Last Mile
    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    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.

  • Telling it differently

    Tole talks on a phone
    Monday, March 4, 2013

    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.

  • Radio Program for Refugees in Dadaab Launches

    Four journalists confer during a training
    Friday, March 1, 2013

    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.

  • "Open Asia" Helps Inform Communities about Local Environmental Concerns

    Two journalists work on a laptop computer
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    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.

  • When Information Is a Lifeline: the Role of Local Media in Humanitarian Crises

    When Information Is a Lifeline: the Role of Local Media in Humanitarian Crises
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    (This article in the January/February 2013 edition of USAID Frontlines discusses Internews' program providing humanitarian information to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake.)

    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.