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 Djukanovic ‘fascist’ remarks


New York, April 13, 2018: Media Development Investment Fund is alarmed and appalled at remarks by Milo Djukanovic, President of the Democratic Party of Socialists, labelling independent media and certain non-governmental organizations as “fascists”. We call on him to retract his comments immediately and to apologize publicly for making such unfounded and provocative remarks. Mr […]

MDIF closes $6-million media impact fund


Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) today announced final close of MDIF Media Finance I, a $6-million impact fund investing in independent news media in select emerging and frontier markets. “We are delighted to have closed MMF I and ramp up financing for companies that provide the news, information and debate that people need to build […]

Harlan Mandel appears on The Back Story podcast


MDIF’s CEO Harlan Mandel appeared on WAN-IFRA‘s new media freedom podcast, The Back Story. The episode, entitled ‘Show me the money – Censorship and financial independence’. also featured Fatemah Farag of Welad ElBalad Media Services, a network of local newspapers in Egypt, and Sonny Swe, founder and CEO of Black Knight Media Group and publisher […]