In advance of national elections, Afghans across the country are turning to the media to determine which candidates best articulate their priorities. In a country with an estimated 70% illiteracy rate and minimal Internet access, radio and television are the primary vehicles for information.
Internews and its partners are working throughout the media sector to help journalists and civil society in Afghanistan prepare for, monitor, and report on the April 5, 2014 election, which will usher in the first democratic transfer of power since Hamid Karzai was appointed, and then elected president.
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A group of Myanmar activists, including former political prisoners, are launching a campaign on Friday to tackle the ‘hate speech’ against Muslims that has engulfed social media and spread into Burmese society.
(This blog post was written by Aurelia Moser, an Open News Fellow at Internews in Kenya.)
“There’s no more powerful force in modern society than the news. It shapes how we see the world, what we judge to be good or bad, important or silly, right or wrong.” ~ Alain de Botton, “Have you Heard the News?” Psychologies, 4/2014
To promote increased access to information on the electoral process, in preparation for the April 5 presidential elections, Internews worked with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) to create the open-source elections website, VOTE.af. PAN is Afghanistan’s leading newswire service.
The website, which received 15,364 visits in February, features voter information, connections to national institutions engaged in the elections, as well as detailed pages for all 34 provinces, with local news and local election information.
In the run-up to the April 5th elections in Afghanistan, the Afghan Cultural House (ACH) with support from Internews has been holding mock presidential debates for youth to give them opportunities to increase their understanding of the electoral process and advocate their positions on important issues.
In 2005, Internews conducted its first digital safety training seminar, for journalists in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Since then, we’ve trained and collaborated with hundreds of journalists and bloggers around the world on digital security issues. Together we’ve been learning the lessons of the rapidly-changing technology in the work and craft of journalism. The challenges of staying safe and secure online, while keeping sources and data safe are now the new reality for media workers everywhere.
The current crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has severely compromised the capacity of local media to do their job and is starving communities of one of their most precious assets, local radio and news.
In a country with no more than a few hundred kilometers of paved roads and with mobile connectivity limited to the main cities, local radio stations have historically been a lifeline – what people use to find out what’s going on around them.