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Group.png Internews  
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Founder• David M. Hoffman
• Kim Spencer
• Evelyn Messinger
Sponsor ofRappler
Sponsored byBill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, National Endowment for Democracy, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Open Society Foundations, The Ford Foundation, UNDP, US/Department/State, USAID
Membership• Jeanne Bourgault
• Susan Rice
• Chris Boskin
• Simone Otus Coxe
• Lorne Craner
• Anja Manuel
• Cristiana Falcone Sorrel
• Pamela Austin
• Anne Avis
• Robert Bole
• Kaizar Campwala
• Matt Chanoff
• Kevin J. Delaney
• Kristina Henschen
• Richard J. Kessler
• Monique Maddy
• John Montgomery
• Melissa Ong
• Simone Otus Coxe
• Ben Rader
• Anna Soellner
• Mark Stephens (solicitor)
• Daisy McAndrew
• Saleyha Ahsan
• Yann Borgstedt
• Lina Hidalgo
U.S. intelligence-linked organization to create and fund dependent journalists who report on the right things from the right angle.

Internews is a U.S. intelligence-linked organization created to promote “press freedom” and “train journalists”. Since its start in 1982, the same year the CIA decided to do its funding through open cutouts, it has worked in more than 70 countries and trained more than 80,000 people in media skills.

The purpose is to create and fund dependent journalists who report on the right things from the right angle. In 2021, Internews and local media partners it supports around the world "are communicating life-saving health information to communities hard-hit by COVID-19" stressing "the vital role local journalists play in vaccine uptake".[1]


In Tanzania, after the suspicious death of COVID-19 Sceptic president John Magufuli and the swearing-in of the new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, Internews paid journalists to put pressure on the government to change the line.[2]

Its Internews Earth Journalism Network works to reinforce the Climate change agenda. It has close to 12,000 members from 180 countries, and pays for "workshops and training materials, develops innovative environmental news sites, offers fellowships and reporting grants, builds networks of environmental journalists, and supports local news production".[3] Utilizing the list, brands can actively support "reputable local news".[4]

Ads for News is an Internews-led initiative in cooperation with the World Economic Forum, is "a response to the financial decline and instability of independent media around the world", It has created an "inclusion list" of intelligence-approved small "independent" media outlets where corporations are encouraged to place their advertising spending. The list is also an attempt to "exclude content unsuitable for brands, such as disinformation"[5], ie starve genuinely independent media of funding.

Internews Europe

Internews Europe is stated to be an independent media development organization, based in London, UK, and relying mainly on European funding. Internews Europe is chaired by Mark Stephens, who was the lawyer of Julian Assange in 2010[6]. In the UK, its funding and training is given to community radio stations as well, local journalism and "grassroots, volunteer-led media". The money also comes from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. [7]


Internews Network is funded by a host of U.S. government agencies including the State Department, USAID, North American Aerospace Defense Command, and the National Endowment for Democracy. It additionally receives funding from numerous corporations and foundations including the CIA-linked Ford Foundation and billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundation. The outfit has run initiatives for and received nearly $1 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Google donated $1million[8] to “train journalists, fact checkers, academics, NGOs to fight misinformation and fake news” in India, having since expanded its mission to “combat pandemic-related misinformation with stringent fact-checking.”[9]

The US Agency for International Development and the US Department of State provided the overwhelming (99.98%) of funding for Internews operations in 2009.


Known members

3 of the 25 of the members already have pages here:

Saleyha AhsanA freelance reporter, film maker and A&E doctor with a Sandhurst background. She has traveled to conflict zones in North Africa and Asia and made films and news reports including Libya, Syria, Bosnia, Palestine, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. She appeared with "Dr Rola" in the controversial 2013 video shown on the BBC's Panorama news programme calling for humanitarian bombings of Syria.
Anja ManuelAmerican deep state operative with focus on China and India. Frequently in corporate media.
Susan RiceUS deep state operative. US National Security Advisor from 2013-17



Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationVery influential and rich foundation established to take leadership of global health.
Carnegie Corporation
National Endowment for DemocracyThe "traditional intermediary of the CIA", promoting the US "national interest" by "soft power".
North American Aerospace Defense Command
Open Society FoundationsA NGO operating in more countries than McDonald's. It has the tendency to support politicians (at times through astroturfing) and activists that get branded as "extreme left" as its founder is billionaire and bane of the pound George Soros. This polarizing perspective causes the abnormal influence of the OSF to go somewhat unanswered.
The Ford FoundationIn addition to its own billionaire agenda, also known to have been $$$ middleman for covert CIA funding.
US/Department/StateSet up in 1789, the US State Department is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministry of other countries.
USAIDUS govt organization to provide "international development", including funding of Ecohealth Alliance. Called "CIA's little sister".