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Causes: Arts & Culture, Censorship, Freedom of Speech & Press, Civil Rights, Education, International, International Development, Television, Vocational & Technical Schools

Mission: Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard.

Programs: Asia:in asia, internews supports journalists and other civil society actors across a wide range of media landscapes to promote open and fair media laws, freedom of expression, and democratic reform. We provide training and technical support to print and radio journalists, as well as tv broadcasters and social media bloggers and platforms. Our aim is to support high quality programming for local audiences and to encourage the adoption of innovative and interactive journalism tools. We support an independent media to cover a wide variety of issues that span from the environment and climate change to free and fair elections to peace and security. In many countries in asia, internews works at the cutting edge of the technology revolution that is upending countries' traditional media landscapes. For example, in myanmar, internews has worked to support the development of a nascent 'coder' community of technologists interested in social change and in working with media and civil society to advance social justice issues.

africa:in africa, internews trained thousands of kenyan journalists about how to report effectively on hiv/aids and other health issues, including maternal and child health, malaria, tb, and family planning. In our health journalism work, we focus on making sure that people have the information they need to protect their health - and that the media environment supports affected populations, rather than stigmatizing them. In countries affected by conflict, such as south sudan, the central african republics, and the democratic republic of congo (drc), internews provides training to the media in how to report on violence and reconciliation issues in a way that promotes peace. We also support the media in covering elections in a comprehensive and fair way to support democratic changes. Finally, in many countries in africa, such as the drc, internews supports long overdue changes to outdated media laws to reflect the new connectivity revolution happening across the continent. We work to protect and promote the free exchange of ideas on the internet and in the new social media platforms springing up in many countries in africa.

europe and eurasia:in europe and eurasia, internews provides technical support to independent tv, radio, print, and online media sources through training career and citizen journalists in professional and ethical standards. We also assist traditional media outlets to create interactive, multimedia online presences. In support of a free press, we work with local media ngos and associations to create active networks of media professionals, enabling them to speak out with one voice against censorship and repressive policies. Our programs provide legal assistance to journalists and bloggers in trouble. Finally, we advocate for free and open internet policies in all countries where we work. Internews' work across the region creates opportunities for dialogue across borders, bringing colleagues from often polarized societies together in positive collaborative exchanges. In central asia, internews' work led to a strategy for digital switchover that guarantees frequencies for independent tv stations working in kazakhstan.

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