Between November 2012 and April 2013 in Kenya, fifty young monitors noted incidents of inflammatory speech broadcast by five radio stations in politically sensitive areas. These included public broadcaster KBC Idhaa ya Taifa, three vernacular radio stations, and one Swahili broadcaster based in the coastal region. Read more »
Internews launched Radio Bakdaw (“Rise”) in November, to provide residents of Guiuan and nearby areas with much-needed information. Many of the local reporters and staff working at the radio station are from Radio Natin, the only FM radio station in Guiuan prior to the storm. Radio Natin was completely destroyed by typhoon damage, and all of the local reporters and staff were affected by the storm. Read more »
In 2012, Internews Europe launched a community radio project in Ivory Coast to address the ethnic tensions that had increased since the 2011 post-electoral civil war. The project was designed to improve social cohesion by giving a voice to ordinary citizens. Internews worked with a network of eight local radio stations in the west of Ivory Coast, including Junior FM in Man. Read more »
More than 70 percent of Nepal’s eligible voters participated in the election of the Constituent Assembly that took place in Nepal on November 19. There were some allegations of fraud by the Maoists but independent election observers largely dismissed these assertions and said that the elections were well conducted.
To ensure that citizens were able to get complete and accurate information about the political process, Internews trained journalists and media professionals in data journalism with its Nepalese partner the Antenna Foundation. Read more »
On November 26 at 6:00 am, Internews launched Radio Bakdaw ("Rise" in the local language) on 92.9 FM providing much-needed news and information to over 50,000 people in Guiuan in Eastern Samar, Philippines, where typhoon Haiyan first touched land on November 8.
Every house in Guiuan was either destroyed or severely damaged in the storm. Until Radio Bakdaw went live on air there was no available radio on the entire FM band. Reports from NGOs in the area confirm that Radio Bakdaw can now be heard at least 40km from Guiuan.Read more »
(A seminar for journalists dealing with health issues is covered in this article from Digital Journal.)
Internews in Kenya, which runs health, governance and democracy projects for journalists in this East African country, recently hosted a health devolution seminar that seriously examined devolution and its effects on health financing and governance. Read more »