IMS Annual Report 2017-2018: Paving the way for good journalism
“The time is not to look inwards, but to engage globally,” writes Jesper Højberg, Executive Director of IMS, in this year’s IMS Annual Report 2017-2018: “Paving the way for good journalism”
Assault on journalism and freedom of expression
Pushing norms and standards in politics, conflict and media to new extremes, leaders in every region of the world in 2016 consolidated and expanded their powers at the expense of freedom and democracy.
From armed conflict and forced migration to the spread of misinformation and the rise of right-wing populism, the chaotic and disheartening developments of the year in many ways marked the new frontiers of global repression and inequality.
Sustaining Independent Media in Times of Conflict
In a year where the greatest influx of refugees seen by Europe since World War II dominated headlines and pressured government aid budgets, I have been asked on several occasions why support to media development in conflict zones, humanitarian disasters and countries in the midst of democratic transition should be a priority.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal 25 April 2015 affected numerous radio stations in the 14 districts hit by the disaster. But despite lost equipment, destroyed buildings, chaos and personal tragedies, many radio stations managed to get back on air in a matter of hours or days.
No one appears to be winning in Libya’s violent revolutionary aftermath. The media and the civilian population seem to be clear losers though.
By Morten Toustrup, PhD-fellow with IMS
Community radios can help raise the voices of marginalised groups in society. In Myanmar, where they are virtually non-existent, IMS is hosting a series of workshops on the issue
International Media Support hosted the first workshop in late July. The workshops aim to raise discussion about the lack of community radios in the country and are organised in collaboration with Fojo Media Institute, Deutsche Welle Akademie and UNDP Myanmar.
The international media and freedom of expression alliance, Nepal International Media Partnership (NIMP), has published a set of recommendations to bring Nepal’s new draft constitution into line with international standards in the areas of freedom of expression, freedom of the media and the right to information.
Civil unrest erupted on 26 April in Bujumbura after the ruling CNDD-FDD party elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on 25 April as its candidate for the 26 June presidential election. On 26 April, the Burundian authorities banned the independent private radios Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), Bonesha FM and Radio Isanganiro from broadcasting outside Bujumbura.
Memory loss. Nightmares. The trauma of being captured by Islamic State lies deep with the Yazidi girls in the camps around Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan. Ala Lattif of the new Iraqi Kurdish women’s magazine Zhin, spoke to the girls who escaped the clutches of IS
By Ala Lattif, Zhin Magazine
Stories about female fighters and escaping from IS. A new magazine for women with a fresh and brave approach to journalism for women in the region hits the streets of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan this week, only 400 km from the Syrian border.
This report presents the findings and recommendations of a mission to Ouagadougou by International Media Support from 16 – 20 November 2014 to investigate the state of the media sector in light of the crisis sparked by political unrest in October and November 2014. The report also looks at the needs of media workers in the transitional period leading up to elections in the country.
This series of Briefing Notes is designed to give readers an understanding of the key international legal standards that apply in the context of freedom of expression. They are aimed at an audience which does not necessarily have a deep understanding of freedom of expression issues, but they also aim to be of interest and relevance to more sophisticated freedom of expression observers and practitioners. Thus, while the Briefing Notes are designed to be broadly accessible, they also provide readers with fairly in-depth knowledge about freedom of expression issues.
Afghanistan witnessed more violence against its journalists in 2014 than ever before, says the IMS-supported Afghan Journalists’ Safety Committee (AJSC). It follows another surge in the first six months of the year.
Major challenges still face the media and freedom of the press in Myanmar despite the fact that the current media environment represents one of the most open in the country’s history. “Both the government and the media must learn to changes their ways,” says one of the leading figures in Myanmars media reform process today, U Thiha Saw
Myanmar has a short history of a free media. Until august 2012 all publications were censored and journalists had to work within boundaries that were defined by the government. Therefore, it is not surprising that many journalists in Myanmar do not have experience working in a free media environment. The absence of a free media also means there are few journalists with the necessary skills and knowledge of journalism to make an independent media flourish.
By Lisbeth Pilegaard, Technical Adviser to IMS on humanitarian information and communication
“ISIL took everything from me. My money, ID papers, my phone, everything. They threatened to kill me if I did not convert to Islam. That’s when I fled.”
Addressing information needs among refugees as well as among host communities is a complex undertaking. It requires thorough assessment and tailored responses that take into account diverse issues including culture, language, education levels, the host environment and a tentative time frame of the displacement to secure that information needs are being met adequately.
Government Arbitrarily Holds Darwish, Colleagues Despite UN Demands
(Geneva, March 17, 2014) – The government of Syria should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer, 61 human rights organizations said today. The United Nations Security Council demanded the release of all arbitrarily detained people in Syria on February 22, 2014.
Les journalistes centrafricains risquent leurs vies en essayant d'informer leurs compatriotes dans des conditions de sécurité et techniques les plus pires. Même avant le conflit actuel, les médias centrafricains ont été confrontés à des conditions difficiles. IREX a indiqué dans son Media Sustainability Index que: « Les professionnels des médias en République centrafricaine continuent à subsister malgré la dégradation des conditions de travail, les budgets de fonctionnement maigres, la vétusté des installations, et les obstacles techniques à la diffusion de leurs rapports.
Communication gaps a key challenge in Central African Republic
28 Feb. 2014 Covering the Central African Republic’s humanitarian situation is proving an almost insurmountable challenge for the country’s media
With ransacked radio stations, little to no reliable information, and a lack of trust between media and humanitarian agencies, journalists struggle to provide the population with information on the humanitarian situation, says a new report published by IMS.