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 »
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 »
Internews has secured a temporary emergency broadcast license and will immediately begin establishing a radio station for public service in the hard-hit Tacloban/Leyte area, on frequency 92.7 FM, initially for a one-month period.
Internews is currently seeking a second emergency broadcast license to operate from the Eastern Samar region and a 3-month extension of both licenses for an extra 3-month period, until March 31, 2014.
Internews is partnering with the global humanitarian agency the International Rescue Committee on a new project – Tawasul, or تواصل, which will address the widely reported problem of Syrians struggling to access readily available information about how to find help and humanitarian assistance.
The Tawasul project, which translates as “Connection,” also aims to provide reliable and actionable information to counter the current climate of rumors, misinformation and propaganda that exacerbates vulnerability. Read more »
With electricity, media, and mobile networks knocked out in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, information is scarce for aid agencies and those in desperate need of aid – making it difficult to understand the full scale of needs. Read more »
The Internews program in Kenya that focuses on training journalists about the science behind Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) has been named as an example of best practice in creating demand for the high-impact HIV prevention procedure. Internews was cited by the BBC Media Action’s online portal (backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) for training journalists how to accurately and fairly cover VMMC. Read more »