UK aid “bold new support” to promote media freedom around the world

Development Aid – Media Freedom

UK aid “bold new support” to promote media freedom around the world
UK aid will help media experts, charities, the private sector and academics, to pioneer new approaches to keeping media outlets free and independent.
From: Department for International Development
Updated: 10 July 2019
A new UK aid package is to help promote media freedom in developing countries around the world, International Development Minister Harriet Baldwin has announced today (10 July 2019)…

Last year was the worst on record for violence and abuse against journalists. In more than half of such attacks over the year journalists were deliberately targeted. There was also a 15% increase in the killing of journalists in 2018, compared to 2017, according to Reporters without Borders.

In the last 15 years, over 1,000 professional journalists have been killed for doing their job around the world.

This, combined with political and commercial pressures, has led to a global crisis in independent media outlets in developing countries.

International Development Minister Harriett Baldwin said:
:: At a time when journalists are attacked in record numbers, and too many independent media organisations are collapsing or threatened by political interests, today’s aid package could not be more crucial.

:: UK aid will help media experts, charities, the private sector and academics, to pioneer bold new approaches to keeping media outlets free and independent, and give them the power to report the truth.

:: This is in everyone’s interests. If people are able to hold their governments to account using reliable information, they can better understand their rights and demand better services, such as healthcare and education…

This new support will build on DFID’s existing work to protect media freedom in developing countries, which has already helped to give 283.5 million people in 15 fragile, poor and conflict affected countries access to TV, radio, and online outlets, whilst supporting 135 stations to strengthen their content to help citizens understand their rights and hold government and other power holders to account…