Thuraya Sponsors Online Media Community, Global Voices

Thuraya is honored to support the work of freelance journalists for the second year running. Having worked with freelance photographer and filmmaker Sebastian Meyer, we are looking forward to another successful collaboration, this time with Global Voices—an online citizen media community focused on amplifying independent voices from under-represented communities.

The sponsorship was announced at the annual Eurovision News Xchange conference in Marrakech, Morocco, on November 15.

We will provide Global Voices with a Thuraya IP+ terminal and a year of free connectivity. This will enable Global Voices correspondents who work in remote communities to access the Internet, email, social media, and VoIP applications.

Global Voices’ Managing Editor, Solana Larsen (above), said, “Having access to the Internet through the Thuraya IP+ will be incredibly empowering to communities that normally have no means of communicating with the world."

Our Head of Media and Broadcast, John Huddle (above) has been observing how ubiquitous Internet access and user-generated content have significantly impacted broadcast journalism.

He said, “Twitter and Facebook have changed how major news agencies report with content generated by users in real time, often trumping agency reportage. Journalists have to ensure they are always connected so they are not only reporting news as it happens, but that they are also the ones breaking it.”

He added, “Thuraya’s sponsorship will provide under-represented communities with constant Internet access via a broadband satellite connection. This will definitely be a game-changer for the journalists that Global Voices supports.”



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