Open Society Foundation of South Africa, Omidyar Network and MDIF launch South Africa Media Innovation Program


29 August 2017, Johannesburg: Today saw the launch of the South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) to provide dedicated funding and capacity building support to independent media in the country, focused on digital innovation. The Program will promote innovation in the sector, fund the development of public interest digital publications with a focus on young […]

Three journalists from MDIF partners released from jail in Myanmar


Three reporters from two news businesses taking part in MDIF’s Myanmar Media Program were released on bail on 1 September after spending more than two months in jail, following the military’s decision to withdraw its case against them. The military also announced that it had dropped cases against The Voice Daily’s chief editor Kyaw Min […]

MDIF extends condolences over the passing away of Goran Vladković


It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Goran Vladković, owner and chief editor of Serbia’s OK Radio, who died yesterday in Belgrade at the age of 52. Our deepest sympathies go out to Goran’s family, friends and colleagues, in particular his wife and two children. Goran was born in Vranje […]

Malaysiakini CEO charged with cyber-crime for posting videos of a press conference


Malaysiakini’s chief executive officer Premesh Chandran was charged at the Kuala Lumpur Cyber Court on 15 May, 2017 with offences relating to the posting of a video on the KiniTV website. The alleged crime was posting a video of a press conference in which a politician questioned the Attorney General’s investigation into the 1MDB corruption scandal. Editor-in-Chief […]

New loan fund makes first investments


MDIF’s new loan fund, MDIF Media Finance I, has made its first investments in three countries where access to independent information is under threat.