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Looking Back and Greetings for the Year Ahead from Ayman Mhanna, Executive Director, GFMD

As we look ahead, 2017 will be a critical year to restore trust in journalism, bring back the facts to story-telling, hold the powerful accountable and, most importantly, reflect the aspirations of citizens all over the world.

 USAID and the Future of Media Assistance and Overseas Democracy Funding

The post-election Presidential transition in the United States has raised many questions and concerns among the international development community about the future direction of funding for and engagement with overseas media and democracy assistance. Below, David E. Kaplan of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, Monroe E. Price of the Annenberg School for Communications, and Tara Susman-Peña of IREX respond to some of these questions and concerns. The following responses do not engage individual organizations.

Call for Comments from Members on Facebook's New Strategy to Fight Fake News

Amidst accusations of inaction over the unchecked dissemination of fake news on its platform, Facebook is piloting a responsive strategy to tackle the problem. On 15 December 2016, Adam Mosseri, Vice-President, Facebook News Feed announced Facebook’s four-point plan. GFMD members are invited to share their thoughts, comments, concerns, and questions about this strategy, a selection of which will be published in the next edition of the newsletter.

The 9th ARIJ Conference: A decade of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism

The Dead Sea, Jordan, 18 December 2016: The 9th ARIJ conference for Arab investigative journalists convened at a Jordan Dead Sea Hotel between 1-3 December 2016. It attracted 400 reporters, editors, university professors from the region and beyond.
The event was the largest ever since the inception of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) in 2005 to spread the culture of in-depth reporting in nine Arab states: Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Palestine and Tunisia.


GFMD Member OCCRP Introduces the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium at the OGP Paris Summit (6 December 2016)

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Transparency International (TI) are joining forces in a first of its kind partnership to root out grand corruption on a global scale, the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium.
This new initiative will connect investigative journalists turning a spotlight on the secretive shadow economy with anti-corruption activists able to translate complex information into compelling campaigns for change. 


Adapted invitation to Tender for a Study Relating to Information Needs of Syrian Refugees and Host Communities in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey

CFI, French media cooperation agency, in the frame of an EU-funded project related to information for Syrian refugees, is looking for a consulting firm to realize a study in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon between January and March 2017. The study aims to collect and analyze data by interviewing the refugees themselves.


News from International Media Development Advisers (IMDA)

It has been a busy period for International Media Development Advisers (IMDA) and we wanted to briefly update you on some of the excellent work undertaken in support of free media by our members. IMDA launched earlier this year as a platform for a small group of highly experienced media development consultants and trainers to offer their services and insights to implementers, public and private donors, and multilateral organizations. 

UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai calls for input: Mapping the History and Achievements of Civil Society

It is well known that space for civil society globally has shrunk dramatically over the last 10 years. What is less discussed, however, is the significant achievements that civil society has made over this time period, despite working against all odds. For his final report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur plans to focus on these positives by cataloging civil society's successes over the last decade. The Special Rapporteur would like to hear your opinions on this subject. In particular, he is looking for specific, real-world examples of civil society achievements and successes over the last decade


Registrations Open for the First Community Meeting for European Development Days (EDD)- 18 January 2017

We are thrilled to inform you that the 11th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) will be taking place on 7-8 June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

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