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Independent Media in Exile: A Baseline Consultation


FOJO INDEP. MEDIA IN EXILE COVERRepression of a free media is increasing worldwide. In 2011, the year of the Arab Spring and large scale street protests, the number of reporters killed rose by 16% to 66, arrests almost doubled, with attacks and threats to journalists up by 43% and kidnappings up by a third. There was also a 10% increase from the previous year in the number of countries routinely experiencing state censorship. Many journalists have been forced to flee their countries and operate from exile in order to carry on their work as reporters.

FOJO is partnering with independent exile media organisations that broadcast and publish uncensored news to audiences in Iran, Myanmar, Sudan, Ethiopia, Belarus, Zimbabwe, Tibet, Uzbekistan, Eritrea, Syria and Zambia. With funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), FOJO has been commissioned to design and deliver a three-year programme of training interventions to strengthen the organisational capacity of their partners in exile. The training programme was launched in December 2012 and is being rolled out over the programme period.

This summarised executive report synthesises the findings of the baseline consultation with 14 independent exile media organisations, designed to assess their common challenges and perceived training needs, in order to inform the design and delivery of FOJO’s training interventions and provide a benchmark for monitoring impact and effectiveness.

The full report can be found here.

Link to FOJO:MEDIA INSTITUTE’s Strengthening Independent Media in Exile page.

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Independent Media in Exile: A Baseline Consultation


FOJO INDEP. MEDIA IN EXILE COVERRepression of a free media is increasing worldwide. In 2011, the year of the Arab Spring and large scale street protests, the number of reporters killed rose by 16% to 66, arrests almost doubled, with attacks and threats to journalists up by 43% and kidnappings up by a third. There was also a 10% increase from the previous year in the number of countries routinely experiencing state censorship. Many journalists have been forced to flee their countries and operate from exile in order to carry on their work as reporters.

FOJO is partnering with independent exile media organisations that broadcast and publish uncensored news to audiences in Iran, Myanmar, Sudan, Ethiopia, Belarus, Zimbabwe, Tibet, Uzbekistan, Eritrea, Syria and Zambia. With funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), FOJO has been commissioned to design and deliver a three-year programme of training interventions to strengthen the organisational capacity of their partners in exile. The training programme was launched in December 2012 and is being rolled out over the programme period.

This summarised executive report synthesises the findings of the baseline consultation with 14 independent exile media organisations, designed to assess their common challenges and perceived training needs, in order to inform the design and delivery of FOJO’s training interventions and provide a benchmark for monitoring impact and effectiveness.

The full report can be found here.

Link to FOJO:MEDIA INSTITUTE’s Strengthening Independent Media in Exile page.

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