Guest post from Corinne Podger, Director and Principal of the Digital Skills Agency and qualified trainer for the BBC and Reuters.

In the two years since it was launched, the GFMD Dynamic Coalition hub has evolved into a lively platform for conversations about media sustainability. Ahead of World Press Freedom Day 2021, here are some recent highlights of our conversations. You can join us by signing up to the mailing list, and read our overview and action plan here.

As journalism thinkers explore different pathways to leverage financial support for journalism, the Hub has become a superb forum to discuss…


This post originally appeared on The GNI Medium in a series on freedom of expression in the digital era reflecting on the this year’s World Press Freedom Day.

Journalists and the news media industry as a whole face unprecedented threats in the changing information environment — economic and market challenges, increasing distrust and denigration of their work, and new forms of digital repression — that are often overlooked in today’s regulatory conversations. Especially now with the perfect storm of disinformation, market destabilization, digital repression of critical voices, and the disruption of our daily lives caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the…


By Michael J. Oghia

On 16 January, the European Parliament (EP) voted to adopt the annual report on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union (EU) in 2017, which was prepared by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE).

Articles 24–30 are directly related to media freedom and freedom of expression. Article 27 in particular insists that member states secure the safety of their journalists, highlights the recent assassinations of journalists in EU member states, and stresses that funding for media freedom needs to be secured within the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

We commend…


Elizabeth Pennington (GFMD)

Journalism funding is in crisis. As GFMD stressed in our issue paper on Internet governance and media development, total global newspaper advertising revenue is on course to lose about US$23.8 billion in annual revenues from 2012 and 2021. It is estimated that more than 10% of this decline, around US$3 billion, will be a loss of annual revenue for local news media, mostly local newspapers that used to be the main source of community and public service information around the world. This is happening at the time when Google and Facebook have created a duopoly over the…


Mira Milosevic (Executive Director, GFMD)

In early December, the European Commission (EC) announced that it will establish a rapid alert system to help European Union (EU) member states recognise disinformation and misinformation campaigns. This plan includes increasing the budget set aside for the detection of disinformation from £1.69m to £4.4m (€5 million), and it also noted that it would “press technology companies to play their part in cracking down on ‘fake news.’”

The EC is not alone in its efforts to address the rise of online disinformation and misinformation campaigns. Countering propaganda has long been part of a government’s mandate…

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