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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 […]

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Indpendent Media and Elections

Election Coverage: Educating Voters, Exposing Fraud, Increasing Participation


Over the last three years, elections were held in eleven countries where Media Development Investment Fund works. This interactive presentation explores how coverage by the news outlets we work with played a role in improving voter knowledge, exposing corruption and increasing participation. For a full screen version click here. For best results use Chrome, Firefox or […]