Three journalists from MDIF partners jailed in Myanmar


Three reporters from two news businesses taking part in MDIF’s Myanmar Media Program were arrested on 26 June and remain in jail awaiting trial. Another was arrested on 2 June and held for two months before being released on bail on 4 August. Democratic Voice of Burma reporters Aye Nai and Pyae Phone Naing, and […]

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.

Tony Haile, former CEO of Chartbeat, joins MDIF Board of Directors


Tony Haile, CEO of startup and founding CEO of Chartbeat, today joined MDIF’s Board of Directors. Tony brings more than a decade of experience at the cutting edge of digital media to help guide MDIF’s investments in independent news businesses in countries with challenging media environments.