Al Jazeera commentator on helping "independent media stay independent in a digital world," eg in Russia.

Posted: 28 Apr 2012   Print   Send a link
Al Jazeera English, 25 Apr 2012, Kevin Anderson, freelance journalist, commentary: "I've just joined the Media Development Loan Fund, a mission-driven investment fund for independent news outlets in countries with a history of media oppression. It provides low-cost capital and business assistance to help news media become financially sustainable in places where the press isn't free. MDLF is launching the Knowledge Bridge project, to help independent news outlets in countries like Nepal and Guatemala make the digital transition. ... Digital and mobile technologies open up huge opportunities to distribute news and information to a wider audience and can be a driving force for social and political change. But as we've seen in developed countries, they can also disrupt the business models that have supported journalism for decades. In the countries where MDLF works, the stakes in whether news organisations successfully navigate the digital transition are much higher than in the West. If independent media go out of business in places like Russia or Zimbabwe, reliable news disappears as outlets supporting - and supported by - governments or oligarchs take over. That's why it's time for me to take on a new challenge: to help independent media stay independent in a digital world."

International Press Institute, 24 Apr 2012: "Ahmad Ibrahim, who heads the investigative unit of the Doha, Qatar-based Al Jazeera network, will take part in an IPI World Congress 2012 panel session titled, 'Going Beyond Borders: Covering Breaking News in Your Own Backyard and Making Sure Your Story Gets Out to the Rest of the World,' on Tuesday, June 26. Launched in June 2010, Al Jazeera’s investigative unit is 'dedicated to breaking significant hidden stories from around the world for output across all the Network’s channels, languages and platforms'. The unit produces its own investigations, but also commissions stories of varying lengths from external sources. Ibrahim, a British citizen of Syrian origin, also runs Al Jazeera Arabic’s Syria desk, and is responsible for the channel’s coverage of the Syrian revolution and its network of citizen journalists inside Syria."