• Afghan Media Embrace a Critical Role in Up-coming Elections

    A woman photographs
    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    More than 100 Afghan media professionals, a third of whom were women, attended a workshop to discuss the media’s critical watchdog and education role in upcoming elections, alongside the Afghan Independent Elections Commission (IEC).

  • Why Road Safety Should be Treated and Reported on as a Global Health Crisis

    Cover: Traffic Crashes - Reporting on Road Safety as a Global Health Crisis
    Monday, March 18, 2013

    Roads are the single largest killer of young people in the world, killing more 5-14 year olds than malaria, diarrhea and HIV/AIDS combined. Each year, an estimated 1.3 million people are killed in traffic crashes around the world and another 20-50 million are injured. That’s 3,500 people killed a day from road traffic crashes. By 2030, road traffic injuries are expected to be the fifth largest cause of death globally.

    The impact is tremendous…not just for the individual but for families, their communities and ultimately for society as a whole.

  • Report Documents Seven Years of Humanitarian Media Assistance to the Darfur Refugee Crisis in Chad

    Two men listen to a portable radio
    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    “I listen to the radio all day,” says eighteen year-old Rahma Mohamed Ibed. “In the afternoons to Radio Sila when it comes on air at 4pm, and then the rest of the time I listen to BBC on shortwave or Sudanese radio.”

    “Radio Sila promotes friendship between the journalists, the people in Goz Beida and the refugees. If you have a question and you don’t know the answer, you can call them or text them and they will reply,” he says. “I would really love to be a journalist one day because I see what an important service they provide in the community.”

  • 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.