Seminar: Defying hate speech and threats against women journalists

Fojo 161202On the 2nd of December 2016, Sweden celebrates the 250th anniversary of our Freedom of the Press Act – the first of its kind in the world and a precedent to be followed by all democracies.

In the spirit of the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Fojo Media Institute/Linnæus University, the Swedish Institute and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO wish to celebrate this historic event by paying tribute to all women journalists who defy hate speech and threats, pursuing their mission of providing citizens with the information needed to make enlightened decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies and their governments.

“A programme that has totally changed the way I view my career”

Kin Omar Makaran 1 nyKin Omar MakaranThe very first leadership programme for Somali women journalists was launched this week in Nairobi, Kenya. The eleven Women in News Somali participants were thrilled after creating a career roadmap, networking with colleagues from the Somali regions and Kenya, and taking part in management and leadership training to advance their careers.

“It is a programme that has totally changed the way that I view my career, as I have a roadmap now. I have benefitted a lot form the WIN programme which will form the foundation for the development of my career”, said Kin Omar Makaran, Head of News at the Somali Cable TV.

Elections in Somalia bring new challenges for media workers

SO Election pix1 photo UNA woman dressed in the colours of the Somali flag. Photo: United NationsJournalists in Somalia are in full swing producing election-related news as the country prepares to vote for new leaders. However, covering elections also brings about a set of new challenges for Somalia’s media workers.

Fair elections are key to any peaceful and democratic development. And media in Somalia have a responsibility to advance and support a democratic development ensuring that even the most powerful are subject to critical coverage during times of election.

Gender and Ethnicity in Focus at Upcoming Annual Myanmar Media Development Conference

The fifth Media Development Conference, tentatively scheduled for 7-8 November, will lavish special attention on issues of gender and ethnicity in Myanmar media. This was the message coming out of a preparatory steering committee meeting on 1 October in which Minister of Information Dr Pe Myint took part in discussions on the theme and agenda of the Conference.

Hub UnConference Brings Together Great Young Minds from Zimbabwe and Beyond

ZIM HubUnConf TanakaAdrianTanaka and Adrian from St Peters School in Highfields, Harare. Photo: Jean Mujati “We are here to present a digital project called Go-Green, which is a comic about land degradation and preserving the environment. The project is an awareness programme to teach communities how to preserve the environment which will be shared as comic visuals via Whatsapp and Facebook”, said Tanaka and Adrian from St Peters School in Highfields, Harare, two of the many young people that attended the Hub UnConference at Shoko Festival in in Zimbabwe last weekend.

Fojo and IMS in Myanmar has come to Facebook

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The partnership between Fojo and IMS (International Media Support) in Myanmar has come to Facebook. Here you find the new page!
- Thanks to Swedish support, we are able to work with our partners here in Myanmar to develop an independent and professional media that supports the ongoing democratic reform process, is written in the first post.

The program in Myanmar will focus on media-related law and policy-making; professionalization of journalists and strengthening ethical standards; community media and access to information. You can read more about it here.

The volunteer program in Kigali up and running

RW SJC volontarstart 1The volunteer program to support the School of Journalism and Communication in Kigali, Rwanda, is now up and running. And the three first volunteers have now begun.

- We are very excited to kick start the program and support the education to become more practical, professional and student focused, they said.

The project will be ongoing for at least three more years and is funded by Sida.

From left: Johan Romare, Ylva M Andersson, Kerstin Engström, Ia Wadendal, Anki Wood, Annelie Frank and Sofie Byrnes Gullberg

First Online radio training for ethnic media in Myanmar

MM Petra and Letyar IMSFojo nyRadio trainer Ko Sai Muang with Petra Quiding and Letyar Tun, Fojo/IMS. Photo IMS/Fojo– Online radio supports the development of democracy, says trainer Ko Sai Muang. He just finished the first half day of Online Radio Training in Taunggyi, Shan State organised by BNI.
– Its cheaper than FM broadcasting, its a platform everyone with internet or a smartphone in the community can use and we can broadcast independent information.

The training is the first Online radio training held for ethnic language journalists, all of their media houses members of BNI, a partner to Fojo/IMS. The idea is to slow start online radio shows, while waiting for the new broadcasting law to come into full effect.
– With online radio we at Shan Herald for example can provide broadcast time for human rights organisations like SWAN (Shan Women´s Action Network ) that contributes to the empowering of women.

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