Thuraya Sponsors Global Voices with the Thuraya IP+ at News Xchange 2013

Dubai – November 19, 2013 – Thuraya, a leading Mobile Satellite Services operator today announced its sponsorship of Global Voices in recognition of the online community’s groundbreaking work with citizen media and user-generated content. The sponsorship was announced on November 15 at the annual Eurovision News Xchange conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

Thuraya will be sponsoring the Global Voices’ online team with a Thuraya IP+ terminal which provides citizen journalists with quick and reliable access to broadband data connection over Thuraya’s extensive satellite network. Thuraya’s Head of Media and Broadcast, John Huddle, said, “For the second year running, we are proud to support the work of freelance journalists at News Xchange. Last year, we sponsored Sebastian Meyer, co-founder of a photojournalism agency in Iraq called Metrography with the IP+ which enabled him to file stories and send photos to global news organizations. Thuraya recognizes that the pressure to break news is intense. Broadcast and multimedia journalists need to be mobile — equipped to report live from remote locations, and increasingly able to file breaking news stories to meet tight deadlines.”

Global Voices’ Managing Editor, Solana Larsen, said, “Global Voices nurtures and supports new bloggers and citizen journalists in parts of the world where news is still waiting to happen. Having access to the internet through the Thuraya IP+ will be incredibly empowering to communities that normally have no means to communicate with the world."

Thuraya will be supporting Global Voices with the Thuraya IP+ and one year of free connectivity for work in underrepresented communities which have little or no internet access. The enhanced capabilities of the Thuraya IP+ facilitate a wide range of applications including web browsing, email, social media communications, video, data transfer and VoIP applications.

Amy Selwyn, Managing Director of News Xchange says, “We are really delighted to serve as the connector. With Thuraya being a premium sponsor of News Xchange, it makes it possible for us to present this equipment to Global Voices in support of global journalism.”

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO.

Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value,
quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit www.thuraya.com

About Global Voices Online
Global Voices is a community of more than 1,000 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media. The site is translated into more than 30 languages by volunteer translators. Global Voices' project, Rising Voices, helps marginalized communities use citizen media to be heard, with an emphasis on developing countries.

Among the latest Rising Voices grantee projects this year is a collaborative online street mapping project in Niger, a nature conservation project in Fiji, and a series of podcasting workshops in Bhutan. Visit http://globalvoicesonline.org
and http://rising.globalvoicesonline.org

About News Xchange
Underwritten by EUROVISION, News Xchange is the news industry’s most provocative and insightful conversation. It’s where those with a passion for news come to connect, collaborate, challenge and create. This year’s conference was attended by 500 editors, journalists, bloggers and newsmakers in Marrakech, Morroco, November 13-15, 2013. Visit: http://newsxchange.org

For further information please contact:
Shereen Hanafi
Director of Communications, Thuraya
Tel: + 971-4-4488-888
Email: corporatecomms@thuraya.com

Solan Larsen
Managing Editor, Global Voices
Tel: +49 1708771585
Email: Solana@globalvoicesonline.org

 

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