IRIN’s Spin-Off: Messages of Support
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Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council
Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
“I have been a humanitarian worker for most of my life: in government, in the UN, and in NGOs like my own now, NRC. To do a good job I need IRIN News, because IRIN News gives me analysis, reporting, stories and critique from the field. They are there on the frontlines. They are there with a critical independent eye on what is happening and what is not happening, what we should do and what we are not doing. Over the years, I think they have developed a lot of expertise that we cannot weaken. We must strengthen IRIN News, IRIN staff, IRIN’s possibility to keep us on our toes so that we can do … good work as humanitarians.”
Director General, International Committee of the Red Cross
“I think the evolution of IRIN becoming an independent information agency is something I look [upon] very positively. I think we are facing a world that is changing rapidly. We can see also that the humanitarian sector is changing. And having an information agency focusing on these issues, understanding the humanitarian problems, what is happening in the world – but also what is happening right now for all of us humanitarians – is something critical. And I’m really expecting over time having an understanding of what are the human costs of the wars, of the humanitarian disasters around the world. And that is what IRIN is providing today and will be even be able to do more so if they move where they should be.”
Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
“Market forces have not been kind to international journalism. Too many international media outlets have found that it just doesn’t pay to cover the distant places around the globe where some of the most important and urgent humanitarian crises arise. IRIN has been a very important exception to that rule. It has journalists on the ground covering the events that we need to know about. But IRIN has also found that its important work is not always welcomed by governments who might find themselves criticized. So IRIN is embarking on its own new journey of independence. It needs an independent funding source to ensure that its high-quality independent journalism will continue. I very much urge you to help them in this new endeavor.”