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IAWRT member, time to exercise your democratic responsibility and take part in the election: nominate, candidate and/or vote!
The timetable for IAWRT Election 2020:
12 October, 23h GMT– Nomination period starts. Material available to members (log in to your accounts at the IAWRT website to access):

22 October, 23h GMT – Nomination  period closes
27 October, 23h GMT – Voting opens. Material sent to members with voting rights:

  • The Slate/proposal from the Election Committee, together with the list of all
    Nominations received and the list of the outgoing board.
  • The link to the voting platform, including explanations and instructions about
    how to do the voting

31 October 23.00 GMT: Voting Closed

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IAWRT Afghanistan chapter head Najiba Ayubi joined talks with Taliban in Doha on freedom of expression and future of media in the country

Journalists call for stronger media role in Qatar peace negotiations between Afghan government and Taliban


Afghanistan’s Ministry of Information and Culture and activists are demanding bigger media role in intra-Afghan talks. 


In late September, Ayubi said journalists have started high-level meetings to demand the return of Afghan journalists to Qatar to cover peace negotiations.


She said government officials have vowed to allow journalists go back to Qatar, adding that negotiating sides should let media to reflect all developments in peace talks.


Award-winning journalist Ayubi has been a leading voice in independent Afghan media for more than a decade. She is a recipient of the 2013 International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award and was named a Reporters Without Borders Information Hero in 2015.


She is currently managing director for the Killid Group, a nonprofit public media initiative overseeing some of the country’s most popular print publications, as well as eight radio stations with an estimated 12 million listeners.





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Cumpio ranked 8th in a list where all cases are women journalists jailed, under threat or facing injustice.

by Agatha Hazel Rabino


Detained IAWRT Philippines member and online publication Eastern Vista Executive Director Frenchie Mae Cumpio made it to the list of One Free Press Coalition for the month of October 2020.



The coalition draws up and shares a list each month, highlighting journalists who are incarcerated, under threat or facing injustice, ranked in order of urgency.

Cumpio, a journalist, radio anchor and community broadcaster based in Tacloban has been detained since February 7, after a police raid via a search warrant was held in Eastern Vista’s office in the wee hours of the morning. Cumpio also served as broadcaster for IAWRT’s disaster community radio project Radyo Tacloban and radio news anchor at Aksyon Radyo-Tacloban DYVL 819.

“Prior to her arrest, she frequently covered alleged police and military abuses and had recently faced harassment and intimidation from people she believed to be security agents. A court denied Cumpio’s lawyers’ request to drop the charges; they told CPJ they believe the firearms and explosives were planted to justify the illegal arrest,” said the coalition on Cumpio’s case.

All cases—at least eleven women journalists and two men—were listed among “10 most urgent” press freedom cases by a coalition of 38 widely-known international news organizations.

The top most urgent case is that of journalist Solafa Magdy of Egypt. Magdy’s trial has been repeatedly delayed, at risk of contracting Covid-19 in jail. She has been in pretrial detention since November 2019. Egyptian state prosecutors filed additional charges against her in August, including those accusing her of membership in a terrorist group, spreading false news and misusing social media.

Other journalists in the list include Uighur Gulmire Imin in China, who has served more than 10 years of a life sentence, after she was charged with organizing an illegal demonstration, separatism and leaking state secrets by phone to her husband who lives in Norway.

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is fighting fines, a six-year sentence for online libel and at least six criminal and administrative cases that could land her in jail for decades.

Daysi Lizeth Mina Huamán of Peru has been missing since January 26.

Nouf Abdulaziz, a blogger from Saudi Arabia arrested in June 2018 in connection to her reporting on women’s rights as part of wave of arrests of activists pushing for gender equality.

Freelance sports reporter Nada Sabouri from Iran began a 3.5-year jail term in August at Tehran’s Evin prison.

This month marks the third year since the car bomb killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia from Malta.

Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi and the Iwacu team from Burundi were covering regional clashes for Iwacu when they were arrested in October, convicted in January of attempting to undermine state security and are serving 2.5 years prison sentence and a $530 fine after their appeal was rejected in June.

Andrea Sahouri was pepper-sprayed and arrested by police on May 31, and was charged with failure to disperse and interference with official acts.

The One Free Press Coalition’s members were said to have a combined reach of 1 billion worldwide. It was conceived during a meeting of the International Media Council at the World Economic Forum. Top editors from leading media organizations committed to shine a light on the plight of threatened journalists all over the world.


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Virtual edition of the film fest from October 17-21

IAWRT films ‘Velvet Revolution’ and ‘Displacement and Resilience’ part of film fest program.


Woman In Media – Newark pushes on with the 11th year of its film festival virtually this October. The film festival was initially scheduled in March this year, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Two IAWRT films are part of the film festival. There are 28 films in this year’s edition of the film festival.


Displacement and Resilience

Available on October 17 12:00am to 11:59pm

The documentary tells the stories of women refugees from five locations around the world. We meet Syrian women refugees in Tunisia and Canada, a Tibetan refugee in India, displaced indigenous women in the Philippines, and Rohingya women, forced to flee their homeland. “Displacement & Resilience” is produced by IAWRT in 2018 with support from Fritt Ord. Chandita Mukherjee proposed the concept and coordinated the production of this collaborative project. The film brought together six film makers from around the world: Erika Cruz of The Philippines, Khedija Lemkecher of Tunisia, Eva Brownstein of Canada and Afrah Shafiq and Archana Kapoor of India.



Velvet Revolution

Available on October 19, 12:00am to 11:59pm

In this film, six women directors take their lens up-close to Women Making News. In a world riven with conflict and dictatorial regimes where journalists are constantly under threat of both, state and non – state actors, what drives these women journalists to do their jobs?

The film is directed and produced by Nupur Basu, with segments directed by Ilang Ilang Quijano from the Philippines, Deepika Sharma from India; Pochi Tamba Nsoh and Sidonie Pongmoni from Cameroon; and Eva Brownstein from USA/ Bangladesh.


The film festival offers virtual events via zoom.

On October 17, 6pm ET, a panel discussion on human trafficking as relayed in “Sisters For Sale” will be held with filmmaker Katie Carriero, Zonta District 3 Governor Patricia Latona, NJ Human Trafficking expert Dawne Lomangino Dimauro, and moderated by  Wincey Terry Bryant from the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Register here.

The film festival also features live events, such as the AfroContigbo African Dance Party, Buster Williams Bass to Infinity, Celebrating Toni Morrision Marathon Read-a-thon and a Shorts program among others.

All events are free and open to the public.