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The ‪#MediadevAfterwork is back for 2016

Dear colleagues, 

We are looking forward to seeing you at La Piola Libri, rue Franklin in Brussels on Thursday 10 March 2016 at 18:30.
The principle is the simple: GFMD offers the first drink and we have informal chats with colleagues working on mediadev / ICT4Development/Freedom of Expression / Digital rights. GFMD friends and colleagues are welcome.

RSVP by Tuesday 8 March EoB to


GFMD Internship

The GFMD seeks high potential interns to work from its head office in Brussels, from March 2016.  Deadline February 29th, 2016.

2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development

The 2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development is the event not to miss this year. The world's best and brightest media professionals will meet to foresee together the future of the sector. Save the date: from September 20 to 22, Jakarta is the place to be. 


"The Rise of Platform­ Driven News"
GEN Summit 2016 will be held in Vienna, Austria 15-17 June

Join over 600 editors-­in-­chief and media innovators from 60 countries, to discuss the sustainability of our industry and work toward defining the future of journalism. There is an exciting lineup of speakers from CNN, Twitter, Mashable, La Presse, Blendle, Condé Nast, and The Washington Post, along with many more of the brightest minds in the industry. Benefit from a variety of thought­provoking sessions, including virtual reality news demos, keynote dialogues, newsgaming bootcamps, and masterclasses, identifying real media solutions.To register, please visit the GEN Summit registration page. GFMD members receive 50% off the standard ticket price with



USAID: Strong, independent media critical for good governance (via Devex), by Internews and IREX

Do not envy U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Gayle Smith, who recently took the helm of one of the world’s largest development organizations. Violent extremism is on the rise. The largest number of refugees since World War II are fleeing intractable wars in the Middle East, Africa, Central America and elsewhere. Humanitarian crises caused by droughts and natural disasters are likely to persist. Widespread corruption continues, undermining the legitimacy of governments. Over a billion people still live in extreme poverty. 

Center for International Media Assistance
Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting' Place in International Media Development

In today’s media world of almost limitless channels of information and avenues for citizens to express themselves online, the idea of publicly funded, independently operated radio and television might seem to belong in a bygone era. Yet international donors who support the development of free and independent media would be well-served to pay attention to the potential role of public service broadcasting in strengthening information systems around the world.

BBC Media Action: The Lifeline Programming course

To coincide with World Radio Day, which this year has a special focus on radio for disasters, BBC Media Action has launched a free online course, ‘Lifeline Programming’ to teach journalists and editors how they can use broadcast and social media to help audiences affected by humanitarian crises.
The Lifeline Programming course encourages journalists to think differently about disaster coverage by helping them produce content for the affected population, as well as about them, including practical, lifesaving information about how to cope and recover and giving people a voice to express their needs and concerns, tell their stories and share solutions.

EU internet freedom programme endangered by Commission muddle by Catherine Stupp (via Euractiv)

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission appears to have shelved a landmark programme that gave out aid money to help human rights workers, protestors and journalists access the internet.  The ‘No Disconnect’ strategy was started in 2011 to support protestors in the so-called Twitter revolutions of the Arab Spring after the Egyptian and Tunisian governments censored and clamped down on internet users. Five years later, the Commission looks ready to drop the programme.


UNESCO: News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals

Close to 300 media leaders from around the world have shared ideas for urgent action to enhance the safety of journalists and end impunity for attacks on them.
The concrete actions that news organizations can take include: adopting safety protocols for newsrooms, taking advantage of safety training provided by NGOs, conducting risk analysis, and supporting freelancers. Other ideas raised were the use of mobile apps for journalists to report attacks, and coverage to raise awareness and show solidarity.

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