Media Forum draws to a close


The Media Forum in Jakarta closed after two days of insightful, practical and sometimes passionate discussion of the impact of digitalisation on independent news media. The final day of the Media Forum – co-hosted by Indonesian radio news agency KBR68H – kicked off with a discussion of the main trends in digital media in Asia. […]

News businesses gather in Jakarta for Media Forum 2012


More than 100 of our clients, investors and staff met in Jakarta, Indonesia, today at the opening of the Media Forum 2012. KBR68H welcomed news leaders from about 30 countries to the atmospheric home of the country’s first independent radio news agency and its sister station, Tempo TV. The theme of this year’s Media Forum […]

Ukrainian news executive detained as officials pressure independent media


In the week running up to the 28 October Ukrainian parliamentary elections, MV-Holding, publisher of flagship newspaper Melitopolskije Vedomosti, was subjected to a campaign of intimidation, including the forcible detention of majority shareholder and CEO Mikhail Kumok. MDLF, has worked in Ukraine for a decade and with MV-Holding for more than nine years. From 22 […]

MDIF, responsAbility and Bank Vontobel launch third Press Freedom Voncert


MDIF (formerly MDLF) has partnered with independent asset manager and leading social investment company responsAbility and Swiss private Bank Vontobel to launch the third issuance of responsAbility Press Freedom Voncert, an impact investment product that will raise CHF5 million (about USD5.35 million) investment capital for news outlets in developing markets. In an innovative product structure, […]

MDIF selected for the ImpactAssets 50 2012


MDIF (formerly MDLF)  has been selected for the ImpactAssets 50 2012, an open-source, publicly published database of experienced private debt and equity impact investment fund managers.  The ImpactAssets 50 2012 is a resource for advisors and investors seeking to respond to the growing demand for investment opportunities that deliver both financial and social or environmental […]