Internews Europe is an international development organisation specialising in supporting independent media, freedom of information and free expression around the globe. The vast majority of our programmes are targeted at crisis-hit populations, emerging democracies and some of the world’s poorest countries.
We believe access to information and resilient local media are key to good governance, access to human rights, conflict resolution, effective response to humanitarian crises and public understanding of critical issues such as climate change.
Internews’ media development and information access projects ultimately enable people to hold their governments to account, to develop tolerant and prosperous communities and rebuild lives and livelihoods following destabilising conflict or humanitarian disasters.
The power of new technologies to analyse, distribute and publish data and information is creating significant opportunities to support our beneficiaries.
Our programmes increasingly amplify, therefore, the reach and impact of local media through the innovative deployment of new digital technologies (internet, mobile, and social media) to create dynamic and inclusive local information systems.
Every year our work empowers and builds the capacity of dozens of independent media organisations and hundreds of local media professionals in some of the world’s most challenging environments.
We are creating a new generation of professionals that combine a solid grounding in sound, ethical journalism with skills in the new digital communication technologies to support their local citizens and consumers.
Mark explains what Internews Europe do and where they’ll be in 5 years time.
…for convening the aspiring with the wise achievers, and for matching me so well with a somebody with such insights into what I need to focus on!
Mark Harvey, ex-Executive of Internews