MDIF clients reach 93.7 million people, a record high


Last year, 93.7 million people received their news from MDIF clients, a record high in MDIF’s 22 years of work. From a network of radio stations in Somalia to a digital news site in India, MDIF-supported media provided the independent news, information and debate that citizens need to build free, thriving societies. More than 96% […]

Snapchat selects Hashtag our Stories for incubator


Hashtag our Stories, a participant in MDIF’s South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP), has been selected by Snapchat to take part in its inaugural incubator program, Yellow. Hashtag our Stories, a network of mobile journalists publishing video stories on social media, is one of nine companies to take up a three-month residency in Snapchat’s headquarters […]

Clients win numerous awards for journalism, management and innovation


Despite the increasingly alarming attacks on the media and press freedom worldwide, great journalism still abounds. From digital startups to multi-platform broadcasters, a number of MDIF clients have been presented with awards and honours in recognition of the quality and importance of their reporting so far this year. As of September 2018, we had recorded […]

Guatemala’s elPeriódico hit by a new wave of intimidation


Guatemala’s leading investigative daily elPeriódico is facing a new round of pressure for its critical reporting. New legal actions against its founder and director, José Rubén Zamora, and a cyberattack are the latest in a long list of intimidation it has faced since its founding two decades ago, attacks that include a mock execution, kidnapping, […]

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 […]