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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

August
17
2021

How to Support Afghan Journalists


As the Taliban take control of Afghanistan, hundreds of journalists – some foreign, but mostly local reporters, many of whom have worked with international media outlets for the past 20 years – could face grave danger.

While evacuation efforts continue, some Afghan journalists have been talking with foreign media, asking not to be identified for safety reasons. As IJNet reported last week, many of them are scared, hoping to obtain a visa to flee the country and seek asylum in another.

August
12
2021

What to Know When Reporting on the Delta Variant

The global fight against COVID-19 is far from over. As the pandemic continues, the delta variant presents a new wave of challenges and further emphasizes the importance of redoubling efforts to combat the virus. 

If you are reporting on this more contagious variant’s impact on people around the world, Peter van Heusden, a bioinformatician at the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI), has some key suggestions for you. He spoke at a recent webinar hosted by the International Center for Journalists, titled “Reporting on the delta variant.”

August
12
2021

#HoldTheLine Coalition Welcomes Dismissal of Cyber-Libel Charge Against Maria Ressa and Calls for Remaining Charges to Be Dropped

The #HoldTheLine (#HTL) Coalition welcomes the dismissal of a cyber-libel charge against Rappler CEO and founder Maria Ressa in the Philippines - the second spurious charge against Ressa to be dropped in just two months. The #HTL coalition calls for all remaining charges to be immediately dropped and the endless

August
11
2021

How an ICFJ Knight Fellow’s Team Investigated the Peruvian Vaccine Scandal

When Peru’s Congress received access to the full list of those secretly vaccinated, the investigative health site Salud con Lupa (in English, “Health Under a Magnifying Glass”) delved deeper. Many names sounded familiar to the journalists working for the outlet. “We knew many of these people even from before the scandal broke out. They were sources to many journalists. They were thought leaders and medical advisors in the Peruvian media,” ICFJ Knight Fellow Fabiola Torres said in an interview with IJNet.

August
9
2021

Reporting on COVID-19 in Hard-Hit India

Despite the pressures that have accompanied reporting during the pandemic, journalists continue to produce important stories that keep the public informed. There remains, however, a critical need to implement structures and systems in India to protect journalists and enable them to do their jobs well, urged journalist Annie Philip, a member of the Network of Women in Media, India

August
5
2021

The Media in Lebanon: One Year After the Beirut Blast

Lebanon’s media scene is witnessing its own revolution as it contends with a changing reality on the ground and the evolving needs of its audiences. IJNet, a project of ICFJ, interviewed journalists, media advocates and civil society actors in the country to see how, one year after the blast, journalists have been impacted by the ongoing crises, what the future of Lebanese media looks like, and what hope is left for the country.

August
4
2021

Sharon Moshavi to Lead ICFJ as New President

The Board of Directors of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has named Sharon Moshavi, a longtime executive with the organization, as president effective Sept. 7. Moshavi will replace Joyce Barnathan, who is retiring after more than 15 years at the helm.

July
29
2021

Crafting a Winning Pitch to Attract Funding

Crafting a successful funding proposal is a challenge for journalists around the world. Competition can be tough, so it’s important to find ways to make your pitch stand out.

Across two webinars, ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum Community Manager Paul Adepoju, spoke with representatives of funding organizations, as well as journalists who have successfully received grant funding in the past, offering valuable insights into how journalists can secure financial support for their reporting projects.

July
28
2021

New Hub Gives Women Journalists Support and Resources to Fight Online Violence

The growing number of women journalists facing harassment, abuse and threats online can now find support and resources at the Online Violence Response Hub. The hub is a project of the International Women's Media Foundation (IWFM) and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) under the banner of the Coalition Against Online Violence – a collection of more than 40 organizations convened by the IWMF to find better solutions to addressing digital attacks. The first-of-its-kind suite of resources aims to help women journalists fight back against a scourge of online violence aimed at silencing them.

July
27
2021

Two New Laws Intensify the Crackdown on Journalists in Nicaragua

The crackdown on press freedom continues to escalate in Nicaragua under Daniel Ortega’s leftist regime, as it tightens its grip on the country ahead of November elections. Aliza Appelbaum, an ICFJ senior program director, and Luis Botello, deputy vice president of new initiatives and impact, updated ICFJ on the situation facing journalists there.