The Fight for Free Expression is More Important than Ever

Monday, November 21, 2016

Only 13% of the global population enjoys a robust free press where the safety of journalists is guaranteed. We are reminded that we must never take for granted our capacity to express our ideas, to challenge authority and engage in healthy debate. We must cherish and nurture our freedoms, seeking always to improve our media, challenging them and ourselves to do better and to do more.

Read an op-ed by Internews President Jeanne Bourgault

The most important delegation of COP22

Monday, November 14, 2016

For the last six years, an unlikely delegation has helped to shape vital information coming out of COP, the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It’s not a powerful committee of statesmen. It’s not a global media channel. It’s not a fly-in of Hollywood stars and activists. 

It’s a group of reporters that hail from far flung corners of the world. And in many cases, it’s their countries and their homes that will be hit hardest by climate change. 

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“We were all Slaves”

Friday, November 4, 2016

An investigative report by Burmese journalist Swe Win has revealed that abuses and exploitation are rife in Myanmar’s prison labor camps. Interviews with ex-prisoners and former prison officials document that convicts are forced to pay bribes or perform backbreaking manual labor, sometimes resulting in death. 

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Bubbles, Bars and Pictographs

Monday, October 31, 2016

A study conducted by Internews provided deeper insight into how Kenya’s news audiences perceive and understand the graphic images used to tell data-driven stories in the media. Bubble charts have little to no traction with Kenyan audiences; bar charts are generally considered more credible and “scientific;” but the best ones to use for conveying information are pictorial infographics.

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“Have they forgotten we exist?”

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Refugees in Greece were able to tell the world about their lives, their history, their reality, and their hopes through six storytelling multimedia workshops in locations throughout Greece. These images can serve as a common language – connecting refugees to a wider world.

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(Banner photo by Amjad Issa, Veria camp)

Combatting Online Hate Speech in Myanmar

Monday, October 24, 2016

Journalism trainers, Hsu Hsu and Hein, went to Kone Thar in Myanmar to lead a “Safe Online Space” training organized by Myanmar ICT for Development Organization. When they spoke about how social media can either be used to mobilize communities for peace, or to stir up conflicts through dangerous speech and spreading online rumors, it triggered an open conversation.