Netgazeti among winners of Fritt Ord/ZEIT Press Prizes


The 2015 Fritt Ord Foundation/ZEIT Foundation Press Prizes for Russia and Eastern Europe have been awarded to six journalists and media outlets from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia that have stood firm against the threat of censorship and reprisals. MDIF client Netgazeti from Georgia was named as a winner, along with the weekly newspaper Pskovskaya Guberniya […]

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Russian station TV-2 silenced by local authorities


Pioneering independent broadcaster TV-2, which had its terrestrial signal cut off on 1 January, fell silent on 8 February when its cable license expired. TV-2, one of the country’s first independent commercial stations and a former MDIF client, lost its broadcasting license five weeks after its terrestrial signal was cut off by the local Tomsk […]

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El Periódico executive attacked and threatened with gun


An executive from the Guatemalan daily el Periódico was attacked by a man who tried to grab her in a car park before pointing a gun in her face on 17 January. The attacker escaped and was driven away by two people waiting in a recent model BMW. The victim suffered minor physical injuries. It […]

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Outernet raises $528,000 in crowdfunding campaign


Lantern: One Device, Free Data from Space Forever. That’s how Outernet announced its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo on November 12, 2014. Incredibly, within five days it had passed its $200,000 target. Outernet declared that it wanted to push on to raise more funds to speed up the full deployment of the information-from-space project. When the […]

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Malaysiakini at 15: Standing tall against the odds


Malaysiakini opened its doors to visitors to celebrate its 15th anniversary and to launch its new home late last year. Visitors poured into the new building, dubbed @Kini, in Petaling Jaya, close to Kuala Lumpur, which includes a brick wall dedicated to supporters who helped sponsor the construction. Members of the news website’s team provided […]