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GFMD and member AMI select top Development stories for EuropeAid’s Journalism Prize

GFMD took part of the Jury members’ meeting last week to select the best Development stories for the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2015. Watch out for the results on 8 December at the ceremony in Brussels and here

GFMD backs UNESCO  proposal for monitoring UN's Access-to-Information goal.

As UN delegates convened in Bangkok to consider monitoring proposals for the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, the Global Forum for Media Development strongly urged adoption of UNESCO’s two recommended indicators for the Goal 16 commitment to “ensuring public access to information and protecting fundamental freedoms.”

Help IFEX mark 2 November by saying 'No' to Impunity

2 November marks the United Nations International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Currently, 9 out of 10 cases of journalist killings go unsolved and unpunished. This leads to a culture of impunity where critical voices are silenced and citizens are denied accurate information about the societies in which they live.


Yemen media coordination launched this week

On Monday 26 October, the IFJ organized a international meeting to reflect on the urgent actions needed for Yemeni media targeted in a “forgotten conflict”. IFJ, GFMD and IMS co-organised a closed meeting which concluded in the launch of a coordination mechanism (Picture IFJ).
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GFMD organizes Africa and Latin America consultations on SDGs access to information goals implementation for 2016-2030.

On 11th in Johannesburg at the AMLF conference, South Africa.
Access to Information: Africa’s media and the UN’s new development goals
The UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals include an unprecedented pledge by all countries to “ensure public access to information.”  Will that promise be kept? How will progress be measured?  What are the implications of this new global commitment for independent media and the free flow of information in African society?

On 19th November in Bogota, Colombia.
We are delighted to inform you of a "side-event" we are organizing alongside with the GFMD on the evening of November 19th.
The goal of this gathering is to open a discussion about the access to information in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. We would like to involve all GFMD members as well as organizations collaborating with civil society. 

Center for Law and Democracy:
Draft Right to Information Law Falls Short. Italy.

Italy is one of the few countries in Europe which still does not have a dedicated law on access to information held by public authorities (right to information law). Member of Parliament Anna Ascani has now prepared a dedicated RTI law with a view to addressing this anomaly, but the draft has a long way to go to meet international standards in this area, according to an Analysis prepared by the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD). 

International Media Support:
Seminar: Myanmar’s difficult path to democratic reform

Will a new government in Myanmar continue on the path to reform and what role should Danish development assistance play in the country’s future?
Myanmar is at a crossroads with elections on 8 November. Both the election process and the results will be critical for the country’s future path to reform.
Join IMS for a panel debate in Copenhagen on 3 November from 15:00-17:00 at Kvarterhuset, Jemtelandsgade 3, Copenhagen


What can open source do for media development?

Media development is an integral part of what we do at Sourcefabric and a cornerstone of who we are as an organisation. We are the Robin Hoods. We offer support to media development through the creation of software designed and tailored to the needs of journalists and news organisations and we release it as open source.

Announcing WITNESS’ Ethical Guidelines for using eyewitness footage in Human Rights

We are pleased to announce WITNESS’s Ethical Guidelines for using Eyewitness Videos in Human Rights Reporting and Advocacy.  It draws upon WITNESS’ resources on filming human rights safely and ethically and our work curating videos on The Hub, The Human Rights Channel, and the WITNESS Media Lab, as well as conversations with peers in the fields of journalism and human rights who have been facing similar challenges and addressing them in their own ways.
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