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 […]

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, […]