• Citizen Watchdogs Keep Media in Check

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    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.

  • Community Radio Helps Heal Post-Conflict Ivory Coast

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    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.

  • In the Philippines, Citizens Rely on Radio to Reconnect with Family

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    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Listeners of Radyo Bakdaw in Guiuan, Philippines are using the radio to let family members know they are OK and to try and get information about relatives they’ve lost contact with.

    “When the station goes off the air at 8:00 pm, we’re flooded with text messages asking us to not stop broadcasting,” said Stijn Aelbers, Internews team leader.

    Radio Bakdaw (“Rise”) went live on November 26, providing much-needed news and information to people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Radio Stories: From the Philippines, Emergency Radio Station Report while Rebuilding

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    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    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.

  • 3 Meaningful Gifts to Give this Season

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    1. The gift of information

    When disaster strikes  ̶  as we’ve seen in the crisis following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines  ̶  people return to their most basic needs: safety, food, clean water, and shelter. Along with these, they need information. Access to credible and trustworthy information enables people to fulfill their other immediate needs, and take the steps needed for long-term recovery. Help our team in the Philippines, and in other emergencies around the world, provide the gift of information.

  • Nepalese Media Professionals Prepared for the Fledging Democracy’s Election

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

    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.