SUDAN WATCH: Sudanvotes.com is launched with funding from the German Foreign Office

Friday, January 08, 2010

Sudanvotes.com is launched with funding from the German Foreign Office

Press Release just in from MICT’s Roman Deckert in Berlin, Germany:
Sudanvotes.com is launched !

Sudan votes - for the first time since 1986!

www.sudanvotes.com provides print and radio reports from Sudanese journalists working for Newspapers and Radio stations across Sudan. Sudanvotes.com is the first internet platform of its kind that documents day to day news and features in English and Arabic simultaneously.

The platform is being launched on the occasion of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement’s 5th anniversary.

About sudanvotes.com

For the first time in almost a quarter of a century, the Sudanese people are going to go to the ballot boxes in April 2010. The elections are a key provision of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was signed on January 9th of 2005 ending decades of civil war. They are a historic milestone in the democratic transformation of Africa’s largest country.

In support of this milestone, the Berlin based NGO Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) started a project to support electoral media coverage in Sudan itself with funding from the German Foreign Office. Good journalism is key to an informed public. A group of thirty journalists from Northern and Southern Sudan are producing print and radio reports that are spread by media outlets across the country. The journalists are supported with continuous training and editorial coaching by MICT experts.

MICT’s Sudanese media partners are: Ajras al-Hurriya, Al-Akhbar, Al-Khartoum, Al-Ray Al-Aam, Al-Sahafa, Al-Sudani, Bentiu FM, Daily Liberation, Juba Post, Junubna FM, Southern Sudan Radio & Television, Sudan Catholic Radio Network, Sudan Radio & Television Corporation, Yambio FM.

The website Sudanvotes.com is a selection of newspaper and radio reports by these journalists focusing on electoral issues. MICT and its Sudanese partner organizations, Teeba Press in Khartoum and the Association of Inter-Media (AIM) in Juba, launch the website on the fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

“It is the first of its kind to produce articles in English and Arabic simultaneously, promoting better understanding across usually divisive language barriers. The website serves to bring journalists from all parts of the country onto a shared platform,” says MICT’s director Klaas Glenewinkel.

MICT’s Roman Deckert, Daniel Tetlow and Haytham al-Wardany are available for interview in German, English and Arabic.

For further details contact:

Roman Deckert
roman@mict-international.org
Mobile: ++49 – 179 66 00 575

Daniel Tetlow
daniel@mict-international.org
Mobile: ++49 – 175 962 70 71

Haytham al-Wardany
haytham@mict-international.org
Mobile: ++49 – 176 23 79 32 17

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