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Catherine Morris has compiled these links for research purposes. Peacemakers Trust cannot take responsibility for content of third party websites. Inclusion of a link does not imply endorsement of or association with the linked site or its contents.

Independence of Journalists and Press Freedom

Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. CPG promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report news without fear of reprisal.

Reporters Without Borders. Reporters Without Borders works to defend press freedo including improvement to the safety of journalists world-wide, particularly in war zones.

. Article 19 is an international non-governmental organization that has its focus on freedoms of expression and information, including press freedom.

Humanitarian News

Relief Web, a project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) provided up to date information on natural disasters and complex emergencies.

TrustLaw Reuters Foundation AlertNet news for the international disaster relief community.

Conflict Reporting, Human Rights Reporting

There is a good deal of controversy about conflict reporting, including debate about the merits of "peace journalism." There is less debate about the virtue of "conflict sensitive journalism." For literature, see Peacemakers Trust's bibliography and resources on media, conflict and society. Below are some links to alternative sources of news.

Chatham House, London, UK. News Service.

Columbia Journalism Review (CJR). Published by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, CJR is engaged in press criticism, "fast-turn analysis and deep reporting."

Ekklesia, a UK thinktank, runs a syndicated news service for churches, journalists, organisations and charities. Also see Ekklesia's Peacenik initiataive which supports peace and justice work around the world. Money raised is used to promote alternatives to violence, violence reduction programmes and other peacemaking initiatives.

Institute for War and Peace Reporting. IWPR aims to strengthen local journalism in areas of conflict through training of reporters, facilitating dialogue and providing reliable information. IWPR "supports peace, democracy and development in societies undergoing crisis and change."

Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, The Hague, Netherlands, "seeks to dispel public myths about historic legacies in societies divided by ethnic conflict."

IRINNews.org The Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) is part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). IRIN's attempts to strengthen universal access to timely, strategic and non-partisan information to increase capacity of the humanitarian community to understand, respond to and avert humanitarian emergencies. IRIN supports conflict resolution and reconciliation efforts by countering misinformation and propaganda.

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). A US-based nonprofit with its own reporting team and a global network of reporters and media organizations working together to investigate "the most important stories in the world."

International Crisis Group. See ICG's CrisisWatch and other reports.

International Justice Tribune. This e-journal was created in 2004. Published twice a month, it covers international criminal justice, investigative articles and interviews about world-wide efforts to try war criminals ranging from the International Criminal Court to domestic courts. IJT is the successor to Diplomatie Judiciaire whose reports are now in IJT's archives. Subscription required, but some headlines and leads are free.

Inter Press Service News Agency. IPS describes itself as "an independent voice from the South and for development, delving into globalisation for the stories underneath."

oneworld.net. OneWorld's news editorial policy is based on its belief in the importance of human rights and sustainable development. See their editorial standards concerning diversity of views, independence and transparency.

Peace Africa: Conflict. Operating from Capetown, Dakar, Laos, Monrovia, Nairobi and Washington DC, AllAfrica aggregates, produces and distributes news and information from African news organizations and its own reporters.

Peace and Collaborative Development Network. Blogs of people working in the field of peace and development.

Politics Watch. Information on Canadian politics including a daily review of political and national news, voter resources and information on political parties, leaders and other multimedia resources.

Religion News Service®. Founded in 1934, this Washington DC-based news service aims to provide unbiased news about authoritative sources of news about religion, ethics, spirituality and moral issues. RNS provides coverage of all religions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Asian religions and private spirituality. RNS provides commentary from a diverse political and theological points of view.

TRANSCEND Media Service is a medium for TRANSCEND members to present peace journalism-oriented views, news and analyses in written or video format.

UN News Centre. The official news site of the United Nations, with press releases, links to reports, daily news about what is happening at the UN.

United States Institute for Peace (USIP) Media Conflict and Peacebuilding. This page of the USIP lists specialists and other resources for journalists. The USIP has many other useful online publications and resources.

World Radio Forum is "an international group of national, community, and internet radio producers and broadcasters who make radio for, with, and by children and youth. WRF members work in broadcasting, education, entertainment, development, and social change." See the list of Programs and Producers around the world.

News about Indigenous Peoples

Aboriginal Peoples TV Network (APTN) , news and programming by, for and about Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

ABC News online: Indigenous, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's news about indigenous peoples.

Amnesty International: Indigenous Peoples, AI's news about indigenous peoples.

First Nations News, a national distribution service for First Nations news impacting Canadians.

NativeWeb. "Resources for Indigenous Cultures around the World."

Nunatsiaq News, published by Nortext Publishing Corporation, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada.

Redwire Magazine, published by the Redwire Native Youth Media Society, a media and arts organization dedicated to Native youth expression, Vancouver, Canada.

Wawatay, produced by the Wawatay Native Communications Society, Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada.

Windspeaker, a Canadian national Aboriginal news source published by the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society. Includes news, sports, arts and entertainment, reviews and features about Aboriginal people. See also the AMMSA's publications focussed on various provinces in Canada.

Other Information Sources for Researchers and Journalists

Journalist Guides
Legal Information

Journalism Guides, including Sources of In-depth Conflict Analysis of Situations Around the World

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). News and commentaries about the media.

A Journalist's Guide to the Internet, University of Maryland, School of Journalism.

Journalism Net (JNet). Julian Sher's research website designed for journalists includes links to news sources throughout the world. See J-Net's search engine for finding newspapers around the world.

Legal Information: International and Domestic including Information on Elections

Special Libraries Association News Division Internet Sites for Journalists. Includes links to election resources, e-mail Lists, expert Sources, news archives from around the world, newsgroups and other resources. This site is maintained by the Special Libraries Association (SLA), "a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners."

JURIST. News and information about laws and legal systems of many countries.

Slaw. Canadian online news magazine "written by and for the Canadian law community" including lawyers, librarians, students, educators and others.

World Legal Information Institute (World LII). Independent, non-profit access to legislation, case law and legal information from around the world. See also CanLii for Canadian legal information, AustLII for Australasian legal information, and the US based LII at Cornell.

 

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