Russian Media Commission finds NTV attack on independent media ‘unsubstantiated and false’


The Public Commission for Media Complaints found a program broadcast by Russian national television network NTV, one of the main vehicles of state propaganda, attacking MDIF and Russian independent media as “unsubstantiated and false”. “Debtors of the State Department” triggered outrage in the Russian media community when it was broadcast on 4 March. It described […]

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Nepal’s Supreme Court orders release of detained journalist


On 3 May, Nepal’s Supreme Court ordered the release of Kanak Mani Dixit – co-publisher of MDIF client Himalmedia, and a columnist for several international outlets – who had been detained for 10 days. In what appeared to be an attempt to silence a critical journalist, police acting on behalf of the Commission for the […]


MDIF rolls out $2.4m capacity building program for Burmese media


MDIF is rolling out a $2.4 million capacity building program for media in Myanmar, the Myanmar Media Program (MMP), funded by Sweden. Preparations began in late 2015 and in January MDIF’s board selected 11 media organizations, out of 27 applicants, to join the program, which provides intensive tailored capacity building to help them establish financially […]

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The story that divides Malaysian media

19/04/2016 editor Steven Gan talks to Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post about how crony mainstream media have failed to report on the 1MDB scandal – in which $700m was allegedly diverted to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s private bank account – and how the government is now trying to silence reporting online. Read the interview and watch […]

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Typhoon Ying: intrepid Hong Kong reporter who became the story


The South China Morning Post profiles MDIF Board Member Ying Chan, who founded the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong 17 years ago, as she prepares to step down from her position as Director and Professor in August. Read the article here.