Journalism, democracy & governance
Articles about the effectiveness of donor and foundation-supported journalism can support democracy & governance.

15 journalists, media worker jailed under pre-trial arrest in Turkey (June, 2022)

Committee to Protect Journalists

15 journalists, media worker jailed under pre-trial arrest in Turkey
Committee to Protect Journalists
"A Turkish court in the southeastern Diyarbakır city ordered the arrests of the 16 on Wednesday, June 15, according to news reports. The specifics of the charges are unclear after another court issued a gag order on the investigation, but all 21 detained journalists and media workers were questioned about their journalistic activities, according to independent news website Bianet, which cited Resul Tamur, a lawyer representing the 16 arrested."

Project Syndicate- JOS MIDAS BARTMAN

The Fight for Press Freedom Is Local | by Jos Midas Bartman - Project Syndicate
Project Syndicate
"National leaders who attack independent media attract most of the attention. But powerful authoritarian subnational elites, and a local political milieu that all but guarantees them impunity, pose the deadliest threat to journalists."

EUIdeas- GIDEON SARPONG

How authoritorian governments are enlisting platforms for state censorship
EUIdeas
"The increasing turn to social media platforms for news has not gone unnoticed by autocratic leaders around the world today, whose hold on power depends on the ability to silence dissent, muzzle truth-telling and censor independent news media. That is why content moderation policies must be designed with protection of human rights and press freedom in mind. Otherwise, such policies can have devastating consequences for democratic movements and media under autocratic regimes."

International Press Institute - VEERA NIKKANEN, HELSINGIN SANOMAT FOUNDATION, JOURNALISM FELLOW AT IPI

Belarus: 18 months of media repression - International Press Institute
International Press Institute
Since the elections in Belarus, "over 130 journalists have been sentenced to detention for different periods of time, according to information gathered by the Belarusian Association of Journalists." Thus, the "international community must keep focus on the continuing crackdown on independent media in Belarus."

NiemanLab- JOSHUA BENTON

"Public broadcasters are part of a nation's media-political system- but they're also the result of it. More public funding of media would do some wonderful things on the ground to create more informed and engaged communities."
Tipping Point: Democratic Erosion and the Assault on Press Freedom
Center for International Media Assistance

CIMA- KATE MUSGRAVE

"Time and time again, would-be-autocrats seek to methodically dismantle press freedom and independence as an early step towards power. Analysis of this trend bolsters a growing international effort to support and safeguard independent media as a strategy for revitalizing democratic progress."

LatAm Journalism Review- LEONARDO COELHO

Community newspapers in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas fill information gaps, fight stereotypes to produce truly local journalism - LatAm Journalism Review by the Knight Center
LatAm Journalism Review by the Knight Center

ELRHA- DR. EMMA HEYWOOD (SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY), DR LASSANÉ YAMEOGO (CNRST-OUAGADOUGOU) IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FONDATION HIRONDELLE/STUDIO YAFA IN BURKINA FASO

"Humanitarian practitioners and policymakers should not simply use the radio to bombard top-down messages produced by outsiders. Involving the target listening community in the production and dissemination of messages, for example through interactive programmes, will improve the uptake and implementation of public health recommendations."

Center for International Media Assistance- DAMON WILSON, NICHOLAS BENEQUISTA

Turning the Tide on Autocrats Starts with Supporting a Free Press
Center for International Media Assistance
“At a moment of existential threat to independent media in many countries, the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to two of the world’s bravest and most committed journalists—Maria Ressa of Rappler, and Dmitry Muratov of Novaya Gazeta—sends an important message. For the sake of democratic societies, a free press and access to trustworthy information must remain sacred.”
CIMA - ALEKSANDER DARDELI (IREX)
Critical Information Consumption is Vital to the Future of Democracy: A Paradigm Shift from Media Development to Creating Vibrant Information
Center for International Media Assistance
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - JAMES DEANE
"Governance strategies have been generally poor at integrating media and communication issues into their analysis, research and strategic plans. This article considers the reasons for this, some of which are rational. It argues that the impact of changing media and communication landscapes on governance outcomes is increasing, that the way in which the media is conceptualised in relationship to governance needs a rethink and that governance policy needs to find better ways of prioritising it."

Development and Cooperation - ALEXANDER MATSCHKE

Alexander Matschke: Promoting free media is a task for development policy
D+C
Matschke sets the stage by breaking down the evolution of media development programs over the past thirty years, as the ad-hoc training of journalists approach has shifted to more systematic programs that deal with the media environment as a whole. (CIMA)

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