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Maria Teresa Ronderos.
Director Independent Journalism Programme of the Open Society Foundations

Maria Teresa Ronderos is a Colombian journalist with an impressive career. Starting her carreer in journalism covering the transition to democracy of Argentine, she became the first female political editor of Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. She is best known for her work for the Colombian magazine La Semana which she led as managing editor from 2005-2010. In 2008 Maria Teresa created and directed the web based focusing on Colombia’s armed conflict. 

How to finance Quality Journalism ?

Mr Teun Gautier, Member of the Board Vereniging Veronica, he is one of its authors. He is a publisher and entrepreneur who has worked for several traditional media companies and cofounded a range of innovative initiatives in quality journalism. He shares with the GFMD his insight about the findings on financing journalism.

Journalists and civil society are called to be trained in access to public information Bogota

Latin American Members of GFMD, journalists and civil society groups gathered in Bogota discussed how
journalists and media from around the world must be prepared to contribute to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals, which take effect in 2016. The group, consisting of more than 35 media directors, journalists and sustainability experts was particularly interested in the indicators that must be defined to measure the achievement of the 16th target adopted at the United Nations General Assembly last month of September.


SEENPM: Freedom from expression

While this year’s country reports by the European Commission on enlargement countries highlight some successes in other areas, the verdict on freedom of expression is overwhelmingly negative.
In the past year, the candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership made “no progress” (Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia); have backslid (Bosnia); “continued to backslide” (Macedonia), or showed “serious backsliding” (Turkey) when it comes to freedom of expression, according to the 2015 annual country reports by the European Commission published on 10 November. The sole exception is Albania, which made “some progress.”

BBC Media Action:
Public service media in divided societies: Relic or renaissance?

The first, Public Service Media in Divided Societies: Relic or Renaissance? asks whether the concept of what has traditionally been termed, “public Service Broadcasting” is a relic of an analogue past or, especially in fragile and divided states, an increasingly critical democratic platform for holding society together.  
 Written by Phil Harding, former BBC Director of News, it argues that in increasingly fragmented 21st century communication environments, reimagined notions of public service media could be an essential component of a media environment that underpins both individual liberty and social cohesion. 

CFI: What role should the media play in countries in crisis?

As countries face public health outbreaks, natural disasters and conflicts, information is becoming more crucial than ever before in times of crisis. The widely available data with which we are now bombarded can either alleviate or accentuate a crisis. This is because keeping people informed has turned into a vital concern as it has become increasingly difficult, even impossible, to produce information in crisis-stricken areas. In a number of countries, such as Iraq, Libya and Yemen, journalists and media outlets regularly see their movements impeded, receive threats and risk their lives as they carry out their work.
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