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Syria News – Damascus, Syria

The border crossing point between Lebanon and Syria After a week in Lebanon, visiting a mix of media operations involved in broadcasting and print, I made my way to Syria. The Lebanon and Syria visits were arranged as part of the BBC World Service Trust’s Middle East and North Africa Media Dialogue (MENA) project. The […]

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MDLF training – Kotor, Montenegro

The pier outside the hotel where the media training was held The coastline at Kotor, an old medieval city in southern Montenegro, is rugged, dramatic, spectacular, awesome and foreboding. In places, the cliffs seem to falls directly to the sea. A twisting coastal road clings to the rocks in places. At times it is only […]

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Media training – ANEM, Belgrade, Serbia

The New Media Strategies summit at ANEM in Belgrade brought together another batch of media operations from across the Balkans. Their main concern was creating sustainable Web publishing using content already created for their TV, radio, or print businesses. Zoran Zivkovic of the Swedish Helskini Committee on Human Rights (SHC) and an MDLF advisor, was […]

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68H, Jakarta, Indonesia

Drinking tea with Heru, Editor-in-Chief at 68H I loved the outdoor canteen at the Tempo Centre in Jakarata, home for the radio station 68H. Each lunchtime we ate at a small cafe under the shade of shrubs. Each day were sampled local dishes cooked in front of us. It was wonderful stuff. Heru, the Editor-in-Chief, […]

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Media Training – Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa is one of the most beautiful sea ports I have visited. Its beauty lies in the fact that it doesn’t try. And there is the permanent scent of the Soviet past. All streets are laid out in parallel grids, tree lined, dappled and cobbled. It also benefits from the fact that it is twinned […]

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B92 Belgrade, Serbia

The new B92 premises in New Belgrade are impressive. The move from two sites in the centre of the city enabled the news organisation to introduce a converged newsroom based around a news superdesk feeding content to all outlets, TV, radio, and interactive. The CEO, Veran Matic, was keen to improve the quality of the […]

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Malaysiakini – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

When the government of Mohammed Mahathir took away Malaysiakini’s 19 desktop computers and servers, in an attempt to silence the independent media outlet, there was a public outcry. Within hours of the story being broken on CNN International, hundreds gathered outside the Kuala Lumpur offices to hold a candlelit vigil, demanding the return of the […]

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Media Training – Belgrade, Serbia

The warmth of a Belgrade summer, sitting in the courtyard of the wonderfully named Centre for Cultural Decontamination, set up during the Milosovic regime as an oasis for media and artistic freedom of thought. I was there to run a four day training session with media organisations from across the Balkans representing TV, radio, print […]

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El Periodico – Guatemala City, Guatemala

The day we arrived at the El Periodico compound in Guatemala City, editor José Rubén Zamora had just published a lead story that claimed that the Portillo government was benefiting financially as a direct result of the acceptance of funds from mafia activities, including trafficking in narcotics, kidnapping and extortion. The article had taken six […]