• Memo: Leaders Urge Support for Media and ICT Development in Foreign Assistance

    Monday, February 25, 2013

    On Feb 19, on behalf of more than 40 signatories, Internews delivered a memo to the Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry, urging support for local media and ICTs as a centerpiece of the administration’s foreign assistance strategy. The undersigned, leaders of non-profits, foundations, and industry voiced their support for global freedom of expression and the ability of information and communication technologies to benefit economic and social development around the world.

    Read a PDF version of the memo.

    February 19, 2013

  • Arab Spring Freedom of Press

    Arab Spring Freedom of Press
    Friday, February 22, 2013

    (Jamal Dajani, Internews VP of the Middle East & North Africa, is interviewed in this CNN video report.)

    Two years after the Arab Spring began, how are journalists coping? With a newfound freedom of press and help from media development NGOs, has the mideast media become more transparent? Michael Holmes reports.

    Watch the video:

  • When Information Is a Lifeline: the Role of Local Media in Humanitarian Crises

    When Information Is a Lifeline: the Role of Local Media in Humanitarian Crises
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    (This article in the January/February 2013 edition of USAID Frontlines discusses Internews' program providing humanitarian information to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake.)

    When the powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, resulting in more than 230,000 deaths and at least 300,000 injuries in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, communications infrastructure went critical.

  • Local Voices, Global Change: What Do You Want to Say?

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Around the world, we hear from individuals and journalists about why information matters − it connects citizens with their governments; it helps families make decisions:

    “People need to know if their communities are safe.”
    “People need to know what their leaders are doing. And leaders need to know people are watching.”

    Our new video brings local voices from around the world together to explain, “The need for information is universal. But not everyone has access.”

  • Kabul Innovation Lab Explores Technology to Enhance Media Quality

    Ken Yamashita
    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Technologists, media experts and entrepreneurs from across Afghanistan began a four-day forum and workshop today. The 2nd Kabul Innovation Lab, organized by Internews with support from USAID, will create new ways for the media to use digital and emerging technologies to reach new audiences and distribute content. The event aims to develop innovative technology-based systems to improve the media’s reach, professional standards, and quality of content.