Sunday 18 March 2018

Media fund opens window on unreported world

Shane Hickey

Lar Boland and Kim Haughton hold up the work of photographer Stevie Mann at the media fund launch yesterday. Marc O'Sullivan

IT is a unique series of pictures of how climate change affects communities in Vietnam.

An Irish photojournalist yesterday showed some of the dramatic images she captured while working on a project to highlight the impact of changing weather conditions along the Mekong Delta.

Kim Haughton's pictures from Vietnam in 2007 were shown at the launch of the annual Simon Cumbers Media Fund programme along with the work of other photographers.

A fund of €180,000 has been opened for this year's round of projects, this time to promote positive stories about Africa.

Ms Haughton said the fund, which was set up in memory of Mr Cumbers, a murdered Irish journalist, enabled her to cover events that would not normally reach the media here.

The fund was launched by junior Minister for Trade and Development Jan O'Sullivan yesterday.

"We must also focus on the progress that is being achieved through targeted partnerships between governments, communities in the developing world and international donors," she said.

Mr Cumbers was murdered in Saudi Arabia in 2004 while working for the BBC.

Irish Independent

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