The murder of journalist & activist, Gauri Lankesh at her home in Bengaluru, (Bangalore) the capital of the southern Indian state of Karnata, has again put the spotlight on the saftey of Indian journalists. The shooting of the well respected editor and critic of right-wing Hindu extremism has been condemned widely by media groups, leading to a number of protest demonstrations and global condemnation from groups including Amnesty International, s, the Comittee to Protect Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists and Reporters without Borders (RSF).
Women Making News is the theme for the Long Documentary production, 2016. IAWRT will build on the same method of production used in 2014 and 2015, using five short films made by members in different countries.
India member selected
Mausumi Bhattacharyya, a West Bengal media academic and board-member of IAWRT India, has been selected in the US government, Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Scholars, within the Journalism and Media Program.
"The award is dedicated to us all in IAWRT for the hard work and team spirit"
Media specialist and veteran journalist Rose Haji Mwalimu has received the Media Council of Tanzania’s top accolade, Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award.
WINGS 30TH Birthday may Herald Change
WINGS: Women's International News Gathering Service, a weekly radio program by and about women around the world, has now been in distribution for 30 years. The pilot, funded by the NPR [US National Public Radio] Satellite Program Development Fund, was released on satellite May 13, 1986.
Yasmine Ryan, an IAWRT member and freelance print, tv and multimedia journalist, says she is "humbled and honoured" to be selected as a World Press Institute Fellow for 2016.
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Name of job: Program producer, educator,
What type of projects do you do?
Produce and host a weekly radio program and giving training to school students (mini-media members).
IAWRT's event, alongside the 61st Session of the UN Comission on the Status of Women will be held 10.30 am March 16, 2017 at the Armenian Convention Center (Cultural Center) 630 2nd Ave. New York. The President Gunilla Ivarsson will introduce IAWRT's work at the NGO CSW Forum Parallel Event, entitled Women Making News in the Changing World of Work.
AIBD in collaboration with its partners and international organisations is organising the Asia Media Summit (AMS). China will host the 14th AMS in 2017 in Qingdao, in the southeast part of Shandong Province.
Ethics in the News
2017 may be yet another test of the corporate will of social media giants, with Facebook and Google making promises about cracking down on fake news.
The Population Reference Bureau* is inviting applications to its new Women’s Edition-Africa program*. Sub-Saharan African women journalists have until the end of January to apply.
Respected Iraqi woman journalist held for 9 days
A respected Iraqi woman journalist Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi was released by kidnappers in January, nine days after being abducted by gunmen from her home.
Safety for Women Media Workers
Egyptian journalist, and IAWRT board member, Abeer Saady, has delivered safety training to journalists working in hostile areas in numerous Middle Eastern countries over many years. She has shared her long experience and skills in safety training at IAWRT gatherings in India and Nepal and most recently at the Johannesburg regional conference in South Africa in October 2016.
Planning for the NGO gathering parallel to CSW 61
IAWRT has begun planning for its event in New York, alongside the 61st CSW being held between 13-24 March 2017 in New York, USA..