Authors of a report on the closing of civic space are calling on funders to realize their potential through collaborative and targeted interventions. In , FICS launched a strategic review aimed at helping funders realize their potential to disrupt and reform the drivers of closing civic space through collaborative and targeted interventions. The organization has published the first in a series of recommendations considering how a range of factors created the conditions for an accelerated dismantling of civic space worldwide. Most of those you interviewed felt that existing funder initiatives were insufficient in responding to the scale of the challenges now facing civil society. What is your vision for building a global movement that pushes against the drivers of closing civic space and how likely are governments to agree?
As journalists, we are expected to be objective at all times, not react to anything and report events as they happen. But, can anyone control their emotions, stand still and do nothing if someone disrespects their nation and their national flag in front of them? Indian journalist Poonam Joshi couldn't and her courage is now being hailed on social media. The Pro-Pak and Pro-Khalistan protests were also underway around that same time. According to a report in ANI, people were throwing eggs and stones on Indians who were a part of the celebrations.
As journalists, we are expected to be unbiased at all times and not to react to anything and report events as they happen. But what if someone vandalizes your national flag, unleashes their disrespect towards it and makes it look like nothing more than a piece of cloth? Will you still be able to be a mute spectator and turn a blind eye?