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Timeline: 20 Years of Financing Independent News


We have been supporting independent news businesses in countries where there is limited access to reliable quality news since 1995. From our first loan to a Slovak newspaper in 1996 to our 20-year record of supporting more than 100 news outlets in 38 countries, we have been privileged to work with some of the world’s […]

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Media freedom under attack in Western Balkans


A Human Rights Watch study confirms that journalists in the Western Balkans – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia; all countries where MDIF works – operate in “a hostile environment that directly affects their ability to do critical, independent reporting essential to a democratic society”. The report documents physical attacks and threats, punitive lawsuits and […]

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Chia Ting Ting: The business force behind Malaysia’s digital news leader


Chia Ting Ting, the top advertising executive at Malaysia’s largest online news portal, appreciates something that many press advocates overlook: independent journalism requires financial independence as well. When Malaysiakini does a story on bonded labour in Malaysia, for example, its newsroom is rightfully praised. Rarely acknowledged, however, are the behind-the-scenes staff that create the breathing […]


Mabel Cáceres: Journalist-entrepreneur giving Peruvians a voice


Mabel Cáceres was through with Peru’s President interfering with her reporting when she launched her news business. “I was directing a local TV channel owned by a university in 1999. The university, its authorities and the channel succumbed to the regime of President Alberto Fujimori,” said Cáceres, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine and online […]

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Women in Media


To mark World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2015, we began a series of features recognizing the role women have played in founding and developing some of the independent media businesses we work with. Mabel Cáceres, Editor-in Chief of El Búho in Peru, founded the magazine and online daily when the Fujimori government suspended the […]