Media Literacy Camp was held in Kalmar

What would the world be like if all children got the ability to analyze, evaluate and create media messages? Pioneer work is done in Belarus, where 40 secondary schools are introducing media literacy in class. Exchange with colleagues at Fojo Media Literacy Camp (in Kalmar) spurred teachers from Belarus, Ukraine and Poland to take on the challenge.

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Women Myanmar journalists in new society

MM MWJS working groupMWJS working group.– Thanks to Fojo for giving me training in Newsroom Management, says Cherry Htike when I meet her again at the first ever workshop organised by Myanmar Women Journalist Society, MWJS.

– Thanks to that, I can now run my reporters in a professional way, and work with a business strategy to develop our news agency!

Fojo partners full time diploma graduates

MM Kay zon nwayKay Zon Nway. Photo: Pyay Myaw Myint– I use the lessons related to television in her current job already and found it is very useful, says Kay Zon Nway and smiles broadly. She is one of ninteen happy students to graduate from the one year full time diploma course of Myanmar Journalism Institute today in Yangon. In future, she wants to continue her further study in online, mobile, radio, and as most other students, she already been offered a job.

Fojo and IMS kick-off new three year-programme in Myanmar

MM Newspaper salesman Yangon 1Newspaper salesmen on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Helle Wahlberg, IMSWith a grant from the Swedish Government the two organisations will continue their long-term engagement with Myanmar’s media, policy makers and institutions towards the development of a professional, independent and accountable media in Myanmar.
The programme which runs from April 2016 – April 2019 will focus on
i.) support to media-related law and policy-making; 
ii) professionalization of journalists and strengthening ethical standards; as well as 
iii) community media and access to information.
“Our priority over the next three years will be to support our strong local partners in their efforts to develop independent and accountable media as a driver of positive social and political change.” says Johan Romare, International Director at Fojo Media Institute.

Feedback session at Summer School in Myanmar

MM MJI Summer schoolFinal hours of Fojo partners Myanmar Journalism Institute summer school. Feedback session on graduation productions of the first batch of ninteen full time diploma students.

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Press freedom celebrated in Myanmar

MM WPFD 2016 Yangon 1Photo: Letyar ThunAt the World Press Freedom day, the newly appointed Minister of Information, Dr. Pe Myint, promised to commit and work together with media organizations to promote freedom of expression. He also called for local journalists to educate themselves and build on their competence and professionalism.

The new Information Minister of Myanmar, who was recently appointed by the new NLD-led government, is a writer and was once the chief editor of one of the leading political journals under the military government. The minister gave an opening speech at the ceremony of the World Press Freedom day in Yangon on May 3.

"We must never take press freedom for granted"

Johan Romare Helsinki Photo Ali AlabdallahPhoto: Ali AlabdallahFojo contributed to a discussion on the role of the Nordic countries in supporting free, independent and professional media worldwide at the WPFD celebrations in Helsinki.

The following recommendations were passed to the Nordic Council of Ministers, who arranged the event:

We must never take press freedom for granted. By constantly focusing this fundamental right and addressing any challenge of it, the Nordic countries should also globally promote the development of the media.

History and future present in Minsk

BY 16 Alizia PinjutaAlizia Pinjuta, editor-in chiefSome thousand journalists in Belarus have participated in a Fojo-program throughout the years. There is no doubt this has changed ways of implementing journalism in this country less than a 2¬–hour flight from Stockholm.

The lecture hall is full of journalist students at the State University of Belarus. This time, we are here to talk about Freedom of Speech in Sweden and social reporting. Curiosity and anticipation fills the room. Lars Holm is back after nine years; he has been in Belarus some 25 times. For me, it is only the second time. Just like last time, Anstasiya Labada translates, we work really well together.

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