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Welcome to the 2015 revamp mediadev newsletter pulled together by the Global Forum for Media Development. 

World Press Freedom Day !

 Let Journalism Thrive! Towards better reporting, gender equality and media safety in the digital age.
1. Celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
2. Assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
3. Defend the media from attacks on their independence;
4. Pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Improving Prospects for Freedom of Information & Media in the UN’s Development Goals

Two long years of negotiations over the UN’s next set of development goals are now nearing an end.
The new Sustainable Development Goals will be adopted by world leaders at a UN Summit meeting in late September. Those goals will guide global and national development policies for the next 15 years.
It is nearly certain that SDG 16.10 among those 17 “SDGs”  will be a pledge by UN member states.


World Press Freedom Day 2015

Looking back at a year of media freedom in decline in almost every part of the world, IMS marks World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2015 to underline the importance of independent and professional media in democratic development. As conflicts evolve and authoritarian regimes tighten their grip people’s lives, the conditions for freedom of expression and media freedom have worsened throughout the year. 


Steps to improve journalist safety in Nepal welcomed by international partnership group

“Following a decade of engagement by the International Partnership, we welcome the steps being taken to foster a safer working environment for journalists, human rights defenders, and others who are under attack for exercising their right to freedom of expression in Nepal”

Nepal earthquake silences over 20 community radios

Many have suffered major damages such as damaged towers and studios, while others have had their computers and studio equipment smashed.

Why  the role of media development organizations is so important after a natural disaster?

Damakant Jayshi, journalist reporting the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal and member of the GFMD Steering Committee shares his thoughts

DW Akademie launches the Global Media Freedom Map

The Media Freedom Navigator offers an interactive global map that shows users at a glance how organizations like Reporters Without Borders and Freedom House rank media freedom across the globe.

In earthquake-ravaged Nepal,
the BBC is using messaging app Viber to share information and safety tips

In the aftermath of last week’s earthquake that devastated Nepal, BBC News is today launching an account on the messaging app Viber to publish news, information, and tips for staying safe as the country continues to recover.

Inventing News Tools at the MIT Media Lab

It’s an event where people hope to catch a glimpse of the future. Twice a year, the MIT Media Lab throws open its doors to its corporate sponsors, who carefully examine and prod the projects that the lab’s graduate students are creating.
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