Protecting and Ensuring Media Freedom the World Over 

Welcome to Media Freedom International — an organization that works towards ensuring media freedom across the world. We are a small organization with offices in the United States, London, Denmark, Germany, Singapore and Ghana, among others.  

We started in a small office in Lansing Michigan with a small garage door using A1 Garage Door Service Lansing Mi. We used to be focused simply on being a watchdog of media freedom in the United States. However, in the course of our work and the funding provided by our partners, we were able to expand and hold offices in different parts of the world. Today, we are a 100-people strong organization with staff stationed in different countries.  

However, our vision remains the same — to protect press freedom in all respects, no matter the country that we are working in. Currently, our work encompass three important programs:  

 

Press Freedom Protection  

We are working on the protection of media freedom in all the countries that we have presence in, including even the region where we hold office. We continuously monitor for attacks and threats against the press, specific issues and controversies that involve the media as well as work for the enactment and implementation of policies and legislations that aim to protect journalists and news organizations. Know that we have attained a lot of successes and achievements in the passage of landmarks laws and cases in the name of press freedom.  

 

Media Ethics and Responsibility 

While fighting for our media freedom, we are also mindful of our responsibilities to the citizens and countries that we work in. In terms of that, we release a regular journalism review that aims to show transparency on the work of journalists and media organizations. We are not afraid to call out our fellow members in the industry who have violated the ethics that we consider to be very important in our line of work. At the same time, we regularly hold workshops and conferences to update our members on their responsibility as a watchdog of society.  

 

Best Practices and Promotion of Excellence in Journalism 

We are our very own worst critics. We try to police our ranks in order to ensure that we bring out the very best among our members. In line with this, we conduct regular trainings to update our members on the latest in journalism practices. At the same time, we are working with various award giving bodies in the industry to ensure that we are properly recognizing excellence within our ranks.  

Currently, Media Freedom International recognizes that the greatest threat to journalism is the spread of fake news or what governments and strongmen leaders define as fake news. As such, we are working hard to ensure our credibility and that of our members in order to address this issue. We are also working to ensure that journalism and its hallmarks of excellence remain in this information-saturated world, even with the presence of the Internet and social media. We hope that you continue to support us in this endeavour.  

The Issue of Fake News 

If there is one thing that has caught the attention of the world and has put the future of journalism on the line, it is fake news. In the history of journalism, it is only now that it is under this kind threat to the point that its continued survival is at stake.  

For this reason, Media Freedom International seeks to determine the various issues responsible for the rise of fake news and what can be done to mitigate it and protect journalism. In this particular blog, the aim is simply to look at the factors that caused its rise.This is a multi-part article that will trace the rise of fake news, the current initiatives being done and what each of us as individuals can do.  

First off, fake news started to become known and gained traction in connection with the U.S. presidential election. Note, however, that to say that fake news only started in 2016 is in itself fake news. This is because there have been a lot of instances of deliberately misleading and false information that has been in the public sphere for centuries, even before the actual start of journalism as a profession.  

But the thing is, fake news seemed to have morphed into such a big scale because of the Internet and social media, which made it easier to share news in a cheap and convenient way, and at such a massive scale. By creating blog sites and dropping links on social media, fake news could be disseminated instantly, to a large number of people. This is further compounded by the fact that the algorithms of Google, Facebook and Twitter is somewhat friendly to fake news, allowing its immediate propagation among networks and groups of people.