Podcasts: Lesvos Diaries

About three weeks ago, myself and a friend decided to launch a campaign, to raise funds for refugees in the Greek island of Lesvos. On November 16th we hopped on a plane to Lesvos to provide basic supplies and help with the donations we have collected.

It’s difficult to grasp and capture our time there with simple written words. The conditions need improvement, and the stories of arriving refugees are heart breaking. We worked at several camps with other volunteers to try to improve the situation as well as provide basic supplies in preparation for winter.

We started a Sound Cloud account where we shared and will continue to share some of our experiences.

For updates on our work in Lesvos follow our Instagram account @impactlesvos

Bahrain: Why are Women Playing a Marginal Role in Politics

We Need Your Help Bahrain.

A colleague of mine, Anne Koopman, and I are working on an analytical piece that looks in to the reasons why women in Bahrain are still marginalized in the political scene. Since 2002 when the electoral experience came back to life in Bahrain, both men and women had the right to vote and run for elections, yet the female presence was still low.

Despite a little bit of increase over the years, and we now see a few females in the House of Representatives (lower house of the parliament and the Shura Council (upper house of the parliament), many consider this to still be a low number given Bahrain’s history with women’s associations and the fight for rights.

We have talked to several women in the political scene, some parties, women’s associations, but we want to hear from the people. We want to know how the every day life is for a woman, and what are the challenges that hinders her participation and success in reaching senior executive positions.

We have put together a very short survey to get the perspectives of both Bahraini men and women. This will help reflect our research on the reality in Bahrain and confirm that we’re understanding the issues as they are.

This is the link, it will take you less than 2 minutes to complete it.

// Answer five questions on this link

Thank you and we appreciate your contribution.

Stay tuned for the final article

Faten & Anne

The Idea of a Newsroom on the Cloud (Dalet XN newsroom explained)

I joined Dalet company at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2015 to test drive one of their new initiatives called Dalet Xn News. A new virtual newsroom hosted on the cloud with no infrastructure. An idea very convenient for field journalists, where access to professional equipment, internet or software may be limited.

How does it work? I explain…

Presenting IMF: Standardization in the Broadcast Industry

Bruce Devlin, chief media scientist at Dalet Solutions, gives a presentation on IMF (Interoperable Master Format), a standardized versioning tool at IBC2015 in Amsterdam. The technology enables easier and manageable TV content production by standardizing different formats of content inputs and outputs. Various global broadcast companies use their own formats and versions of content, and during his presentation, Bruce explained that the concept of the technology compares the production of good TV content with a simple example of making a good cake.”A good cake is a result of different ingredients that come in various packages, recipes and utensils used to shape it and the packaging of the cake,” Bruce said. “Good TV content is a product of various imputes that come in various formats and versions, and this technology brings together these imputes to a standardized format for the production of quality TV content.”The technology is expected to be available by the end of this year.

How Do Journalism and Politics Interact in Different Countries?

Two in-depth interviews with people from different parts of the world reveal the difference in the interaction between media and politics in their country.

What should the role of the media be in democratic versus non democratic countries? Are the realities presented in the media accurate? And how does media ownership affect content ?

Short experimental video:

Editor: Faten Bushehri
Assistant editor: Kristian Andersen
Camera people: Draško Vlahović & Nienke Izelaar
Interviewing Joey via Skype: Faten Bushehri

GV Face: Everything You Need to Know About Lebanon’s Massive “You Stink” Protests

After over a month of active mobilization in Lebanon to protest against the trash crisis, 10 thousand people took to the streets on August 22, and 20 thousand the following day. “You Stink” or طلعت ريحتكم is a grassroot movement that rallied up the people and called for the resignation of the minister of environment besides other demands. They are a group of young Lebanese who refuse to remain silent and let corruption take its course again.

The movement quickly escalated and people were angry not only about the trash crisis but about the political situation in general including the mismanagement of the minister of environment in handling such pressing issue.

I talked to Joey Ayoub on GV Face, a Lebanese blogger and a Global Voices contributor who has been working closely with You Stink, about how it all started, what happened during the two days of the mass protests, and how to move forward.

Here’s the video of the live show:

What is Bahrain Doing to Prevent a Terror Attack?

Following two attacks on Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia in earlier weeks, and the last attack in Kuwait two days ago, ISIS promises the next will be in Bahrain.

I wrote a much needed article on Global Voices wondering if safety measures are being taken in Bahrain to prevent potential attacks, and protect worshipers.

“Bahrain is politically a perfect hub for a terrorist attack. The country is already divided by sectarian tensions following the popular uprising in 2011, when people called for more political reforms. The government pitted the conflict as a Shia population trying to wrestle power from a Sunni leadership, a storyline often echoed in international media. Bahrain is also different from both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait because Shias are closer to being a majority in the small Gulf island and are easier to target as the government has been engaged in daily street battles with Shiite protesters on an almost daily basis since protests started four years ago.

However, it remains the responsibility of the government first and the people second to provide security for all citizens equally, and not based on sect or political loyalty. Failing to secure the lives of all Bahrainis, regardless of their sect, is a sectarian statement in itself.

The question is, how can a country like Bahrain where systematic approaches based on sect are deeply infested, fight a bigger battle against ISIS. How are people expected to stand united, when state media fuels hatred and sectarian tensions in the country? Are we even allowed to blame ISIS for their irrational extremism when Bahraini religious figures, media outlets, and laws do the same?”

Read more here.