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To facilitate access to reliable humanitarian information in Yemen by constructing a network of journalists, media and NGOs who will report objectively on the conflict and protect themselves from the threats against them.
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In the grip of armed conflict since March 2015, Yemen is now facing a serious humanitarian crisis: two thirds of the population are in need of aid, half of whom are in a state of extreme emergency, suffering from famine and cholera.
The extremely unstable security situation is restricting the ability of NGOs to reach the worst affected people, and is also forcing those Yemenis most in need of help to isolate themselves more, thereby cutting themselves off from information about the available humanitarian aid.
The lack of information is exacerbated by the fact that Yemeni media organisations as a whole face major challenges when trying to perform their duty to inform the public: with the constant threat of laws curbing press freedom hanging over journalists, practising journalism in Yemen often means having to hide to communicate information or going into exile. In addition, there are difficulties for journalists to deal with humanitarian issues in a journalistic manner.
In view of the urgency of the situation, and conscious of the fact that Yemeni journalists have a part to play in supporting the humanitarian effort, CFI is committed to implementing a project aimed at improving the circulation of humanitarian information intended for the affected populations.
Through initiatives aimed at forging links with NGOs operating on the ground and the provision of training to journalists on the journalistic handling of humanitarian information and production support, the YMER project, supported by the European Union, strengthens the role of Yemeni journalism as a key component in the communication and sharing of useful information between NGOs and their beneficiaries, thereby increasing the effectiveness of international aid to ensure it has a real impact. It also contributes to the freedom of informing Yemeni populations about the humanitarian situation in the country.
Around 150 Yemeni journalists, from various regions and representing different types of media, who will benefit from training activities and production support.
1.Creation and strengthening of a network linking Yemeni journalists and NGOs
- Implementation of a collaborative group open only to Yemeni journalists and NGOs, through which warnings on the humanitarian situation are regularly exchanged.
- Recruitment of coordinators tasked with leading the network on the ground, from the north to the south of the country.
- International seminar linking journalists and NGO representatives to raise awareness in the Yemeni media to distribute information linked to the daily concerns of the populations.
Twenty-five Yemeni journalists meet to reflect on reporting humanitarian issues
November 30, 2017
With people in Yemen experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, 25 Yemeni journalists and NGO representatives met on 28, 29 and 30 November 2017 to reflect on the challenges faced when reporting on humanitarian issues.
3.Production and sharing of humanitarian information intended for the people of Yemen
- Sharing of various humanitarian content linked to the situation in the country on the dedicated Sawtinsan platform.
- Provision of financial support to Yemeni journalists for production.
A blog and a Facebook page for providing humanitarian information in Yemen
June 5, 2019
The content, published by Yemeni journalists, favours reports and testimonies, to reflect the everyday difficulties encountered by people affected by the conflict in Yemen and remedy the lack of information on humanitarian aid.
4.Organisation of media coverage of peace negotiations in Yemen
- Preparatory meetings ahead of negotiations.
- Implementation of an editing room comprising Yemeni journalists.
12 independent Yemeni journalists covering the peace talks in Stockholm
December 7, 2018
With the support of CFI, 12 Yemeni journalists are currently in Stockholm to cover the peace talks being held in Sweden under the aegis of the UN. The journalists attended a training course with CFI in Jordan last week.