What's Happening in Media Development
CIMA strives to remain tapped into the media development community and keep up to date on new efforts and developments. In addition to our daily media news, the Center collects stories on important developments within the media development sector. From time to time, CIMA staff will post their thoughts and analysis of the sector in this section as well.
- Is Media Freedom at the Heart of Media Development?
Read a summary of CIMA's event on "Can Media Development Make Aid More Effective?" on the World Bank's blog.
- CIMA report, News on the Go: How Mobile Devices Are Changing the World's Information Ecosystem, reviewed on MobileActive.org
MobileActive.org's review of CIMA's recent report on News on the Go: How Mobile Devices Are Changing the World's Information Ecosystem states that the report is forward-looking, in line with its emphasis on mobile Internet and growing smart phone penetration.
- Press Freedom Under Attack - Dawit Kebede: The Need to Publish
The story of Dawit Kebede is detailed in this video produced by VJ Movement. Despite spending two years in jail and receiving continued threats, Dawit bravely refuses to give up his childhood dream of practicing journalism in Ethiopia.
- Blogging for Political and Social Change
As Secretary Clinton returns from Africa, here in Washington D.C. the State Department has been hosting some of the world's best known and most influential bloggers, including several headliners from Africa. The bloggers are part of a larger international group of online journalists and activists from Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda, Bahrain, Burma, China and at least a dozen other countries.
- Iraqi Journalists Struggle for Press Freedoms
Protests against the government of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki in many of Iraq’s big cities have been suppressed, as have the media attempting to cover them. Journalists in Iraq today are facing tactics reminiscent of the Saddam Hussein era says Sherry Ricchiardi.
- Washington Declaration Adopted by Participants of the 2011 World Press Freedom Day Events
On May 3, 2011, the Washington Declaration was adopted by the participants of UNESCO's 2011 World Press Freedom Day event, organized by the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy, IREX, the United Nations Foundation, and the U.S. Department of State. The Declaration commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 1991 Windhoek Declaration, which emphasized the importance of freedom of expression.
- Sarkozy Opens 'Historic' Forum on Future of Internet in Runup to G8
Guests at eG8 digital forum including chiefs of Facebook, Google and eBay are told that 'total global revolution' achieved by net must not replace traditional democracy.
- World Press Freedom Day 2011 Videos Now Online
The United States hosted UNESCO's official proceedings of World Press Freedom Day 2011 for the first time May 1-3, 2011. CIMA was proud to be part of the executive committee that planned the celebration of the fundamental principles of press freedom. You may view the videos from the conference here.
- CIMA report, Iraq's News Media After Saddam: Liberation, Repression, and Future Prospects, cited in Washington Post article
When is the Defense Department going to quit trying to manage other countries’ media? This month, the United States Forces-Afghanistan is back in the market for a contractor to assist the command’s deputy chief of staff of communications in carrying out “proactively” public affairs activities and countering “misinformation in the media,” according to a solicitation notice.