• Press Union of Liberia to Deliberate On Media and the Law

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    (Internews supported the media law conference described in this article from AllAfrica.)

    The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) President Abdullai Kamara is craving a playing field that will enable Liberian journalists to practice their craft in a peaceful and conducive environment void of intimidation and other forms of censorship.

  • Aspiring Afghan Lawyers Debate Media Law in Moot Court Competition

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    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    As Afghan government officials debate the draft Access to Information Law in Parliament, dozens of aspiring media lawyers took the floor themselves in October's media law moot court competition organized by Internews and supported by USAID.

    On October 14, teams representing seven universities across the country – Herat, Balkh, Kandahar, Khost, Kunduz, Takhar, and Albironi – convened at Kabul University's Information Center to present their oral statements on cases covering issues that ranged from privacy to freedom of expression and Islam to defamation.

  • Supporting the Next Generation of Media Law and Media Lawyers in BiH

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    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Josh Machleder, Internews Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and Asia Programs is traveling in Eurasia, visiting Internews projects and sending updates on the work of local media and civil society in-country.

    When Anja Gengo, a third-year law student at the University of Sarajevo, saw the USAID-funded Internews project in Bosnia call for applicants to its Media Law Clinic and Moot Court, she didn't even know that media law existed. "It's something you don't even hear about," she said.

  • Declaration Calls for Access to Information for Development

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Internews has signed on to the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development, calling for Member States of the United Nations to acknowledge that access to information, and the skills to use it effectively, are required for sustainable development.

  • Conference Emphasizes the Important Role Public Broadcasting Plays in a Democracy

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    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    Kyrgyzstan is the first and only country in the Central Asian region to establish a public service broadcaster, a publically-funded TV and radio company whose broadcasting serves the public interest, aiming to provide a sense of national community while fulfilling the programming needs of a broad range of constituencies.

  • Moot Court Competition in BiH Exposes Students to the Field of Media Law

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    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    The forty-four law students from across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) who gathered in the city of Zenica for the first national media law moot court competition on May 28-30 are new to the field of media law. A student from Sarajevo attested that he hadn’t even heard of the subject before he attended a series of Media Law Clinics supported by USAID’s Strengthening Independent Media (SIM) Project and implemented by Internews.

  • Media Law Specialists in DRC Discuss Freedom of Information

    Friday, March 7, 2014

    In January, media law specialists from Internews’ Media Sector Development Program (MSDP) took part in a TV program to advocate for the adoption of an Access to Information Act. This issue is part of a TV campaign initiated by Africa TV to raise awareness on the importance of access to information in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

    Watch a video of the TV program (in French):

  • Bosnian Law Student Discovers a Passion for Media Law

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    Bosnian law student Elma Beslic discovered the field of media law just last year, but already it is taking her places she never expected, including to Oxford, UK to compete in the Price International Media Law Moot Court competition.

    Elma first learned about media law through an announcement inviting students to participate in a month-long media law clinic offered jointly by Internews and the Law Faculty at her university, the University of Sarajevo.

  • Future Afghan Lawyers Debate Media Law

    A judge hands a certificate to a female participant
    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Dozens of law students from across Afghanistan battled opponents over the fine points of news-media law at a moot court competition held in September at the Kabul Appeals Court.

    The student teams researched laws relevant to the cases and during sessions filed written submissions with judges and made oral arguments.

    Competitors put forward cases before members of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), who judged the students on their ability to respond to questions from the bench, oral advocacy and presentation skills, legal knowledge and persuasiveness.