News website paves the way for Malaysia’s democratic transition


Malaysia woke to a new dawn of democracy on May 10, 2018. For the first time since independence 61 years ago, the Prime Minister was not a member of the UMNO party. In the previous day’s election, the Malaysian people rejected authoritarian rule. They said no to control by a coalition of vested interests, to […]

Colab holds virtual summit to examine how to improve Brazil’s public services


Presidential candidates, mayors, political activists and public managers are participating in the Colab Gov Summit, a 100% free online event, from May 22-24. This year, Brazilians will vote for new public regulations amid successive corruption scandals and high-profile cases of state inefficiency. In an effort to resolve widespread frustration with the democratic process, the social […]

Statement by MDIF and Styria on the shooting of Vijesti journalist Olivera Lakic


New York and Graz, May 9, 2018: Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) and Styria Media International strongly condemn the shooting of Vijesti journalist Olivera Lakic and urge the authorities to do everything possible to ensure that this crime does not go unpunished. Ms. Lakic was wounded outside her apartment in Podgorica, in an attack by […]

Keeping Power in Check: World Press Freedom Day


Every year, 3 May is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day, a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness about the importance of the fundamental principles of press freedom and as a way to pay tribute to the courage and commitment of the many individuals and media outlets who endure violence, […]

MDIF Statement on Adri Senekal de Wet’s article, “Opinion: StratCom, come out for business’s sake”


The editor of the Business Report in South Africa, Ms. Senekal de Wet has made inaccurate and defamatory claims about Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) and our role in Mail & Guardian. Ms. Senekal de Wet’s allegations about MDIF go beyond opinion and into the realm of fantasy. Her misidentification of MDIF as Media Diversity […]