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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 […]