Repression of a free media is increasing worldwide. A total of 452 journalists have been forced to flee their home countries to escape threats of death, beatings or imprisonment 2010 to 2015, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists latest figures (which can be read here).
This movement of journalists, from countries including, Iran, Eritrea, Syria and Tibet is fuelled by political censorship, physical attacks and murder. The statistics speak for themselves:
• A total of 1208 journalists has been killed since 1992, according to figures from Committee to Protect Journalist.
• 47 journalists, netizens and media assistants have already died this year according to the Press freedom barometer by Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF).
• 340 journalists and netizens are in prison according to the Press freedom barometer (August 2016).
With funding from SIDA, a 3-year series of in-house trainings, regional Training of Trainers for the Newsroom and business courses was designed using data from an in-depth consultation on training needs, launched at an international conference in January 2013.
Fojo was 2013-2016 working in this project with 14 independent exiled media outlets that broadcast and publish uncensored news to audiences in Iran, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Belarus, Zimbabwe, Tibet, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Syria, Zambia and 3 media outlets that were in transition from exile to mainstream in Myanmar.