Teens in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine investigate media, truth, and propaganda at summer camp
TBILISI, Georgia — A lifetime ago, when Maia Mikashavidze was a young girl and this country was ensnared in the Soviet web, she wore the red kerchief of the Young Pioneers, recited odes to communism and watched gray-faced announcers on gray television screens intoning centrally-approved news she remembers as equally gray.
Today there are no Young Pioneers in Georgia, and young people there move around the internet with the same dazzling fluency as other teens around the world, speeding from social media to news sites on their phones, laptops and tablets. And yet, says Mikashavidze, now one of her country’s most prominent journalism professors, her nation’s teenagers are as little prepared to evaluate the accuracy and trustworthiness of the news as she was when it came at her. …
During the “16 Days of Activism” campaign, Internews partnered with women’s organizations to improve reporting and debate on sexual based violence.
In the conflict-torn Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a big step was taken in the fight against impunity in sexual violence cases during the United Nations campaign, “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.”
The two main women’s media organizations in DRC teamed up with Internews to conduct forums and talk shows with the goal of improving reporting on the issue and bringing the debate to the public’s attention.
The issue of impunity was brought to the forefront by the arrest of eighteen members of the “Army of Jesus” (l’Armée de Jésus), a militia led by Frédéric Batumike, a member of the South Kivu provincial Parliament. They are accused of abducting and raping at least 46 young girls, aged 8 months to 12 years old, around Kavumu from 2013 to 2016. Kavumu is a small city located near Bukavu, South Kivu’s capital city. …
In advance of October’s historic election, 126 public debates were held in every single district of Liberia, a first for this post-conflict nation, enabling lower house candidates to reach Liberia’s electorate in person — many for the first time.
Early in the morning on August 23, 2017, many people were still in bed as the voice of a middle-aged man carrying a megaphone echoed across the historic town of Buutuo, Liberia. …