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The Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) is an organization that was formed in Amman, Jordan in early 2005 to support independent quality professional journalism in the region, through funding in-depth journalism projects, and offering training and media coaching. ARIJ helps journalists working in print, radio, TV and on-line media in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Bahrain, Palestine, Yemen and Tunisia. You can find their latest news and press releases. 

Two weeks to go for the Jakarta World Forum for Media Development

400 attendees from 62 countries are registered to attend the 2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development (September 20-22). Top representatives from media development NGOs, academia, the media, as well as policy-makers and donors will be there. Registration for the World Forum is now closed. Speakers and participants are reminded to upload their pictures and verify and update their personal descriptions on Sched by September 8 EoB.
The hashtag of the conference is #mediadev16

GFMD partners organize parallel strategic consultations alongside the Jakarta World Forum on Media Development

UNESCO is organising an expert meeting on September 19, 2016 on Indicator 16.10.2 within the framework of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The workshop will take place at Universitas Multimedia Nusantara (UMN), ahead of the opening of the World Forum on the September 20. Indicator 16.10.2 relates to public access to information, as defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It mandates assessment of the “number of countries that adopt and implement constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information.” The meeting will aim to develop data partnerships for the purpose of reporting progress on this indicator over the next 15 years.

Call for expression of interest: Yemen Video Campaign

To raise awareness about the lack of safety for journalists in Yemen, a group of international and Yemeni NGOs, including UNESCO and GFMD, will be launching a video campaign on November 2, International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

The campaign will be a video compiling testimonies from Yemeni journalists sharing a story about the kind of threats/challenges they have to face in their daily work as journalists.

UNESCO Doha Office will compile the videos and edit them. Each 10-second testimony will appear one after the other and the video would end with each journalist repeating the same message (for example “no to impunity”). The videos will most likely all be in Arabic, with English subtitles. All partners’ logos will appear at the end of the video.

In addition, seven of the testimonies received will be published on the partners’ social media platforms, with a different one every day, for seven days in the run-up to November 2.
If you would be interested in joining this campaign, please contact Marion Desmurger (  for more information.

International media policy in a rapidly changing world: My reflection on the Annenberg-Oxford media policy summer institute, by Mariam Alkazemi

In this post, Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute alumnus Mariam F. Alkazemi, a Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, at Gulf University for Science & Technology, reflects on her experience at the 2016 Summer Institute. 

GFMD joins Open Government Partnership working group on Access to Information

As part of its advocacy activities related to SDGs and access to information, GFMD joined the Open Government Partnership working group (OGP WG) on Access to Information (ATI) in September.

“The OGP Access to Information Working Group is pleased to welcome the GFMD as an active member of the group.  We look forward to engaging with GFMD and its partners to assure the experience and expertise of independent and pluralistic media is utilized in the creation and implementation of strong access to information commitments in OGP national action plans as well as promoting the monitoring and awareness-raising functions that media can provide” said Laura Neuman, focal point for the WG and Director of The Carter Center’s Global Access to Information Program.
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