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Malaysiakini again denied newspaper permit


The Malaysian government has again rejected Malaysiakini’s application for a permit to publish a daily newspaper. Although the courts have twice ruled that the independent news portal has the right to publish, the Home Ministry informed Malaysiakini that the rejection was because it “often causes controversy” by publishing news that could “distress” the people. The […]


MDIF clients provide news to more than 55 million people


In 2013, MDIF clients provided news and information to over 55.2 million people in countries where access to free and independent media is under threat, while generating a combined $107.4 million in sales. The Impact Dashboard 2014 found that after five years of working with MDIF, client businesses grew their reach by a median of […]

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MDIF digital specialists interviewed by La Nacion


Ross Settles, MDIF Senior Advisor for Digital Media, and Syed Karim, Director of Innovation and founder of Outernet, have been video interviewed by Argentina’s La Nacion. The interviews were tied to our investment in three startup digital projects coming out of Media Factory, an accelerator for news media based in Buenos Aires. In a wide-ranging […]


Outernet satellite broadcast goes live


On August 11, Outernet went live, broadcasting web content via satellite to anyone in North America or Europe with a receiver. At present, more than 1.3 billion people are able to access content through Outernet and that number is expected to grow to 4 billion by the end of the year. During the testing period, […]

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What happens when India’s poor access a social network?


Across India, long unfinished construction projects for health care clinics and schools are being completed. Widows of deceased migrant workers are receiving compensation they’re due by law. Farmers are accessing information on government programs and practices that can increase their productivity. Fishermen are sharing weather information in real-time with other fishermen. India’s poor are finding a voice—or more accurately, a media […]