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David Hoffman
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David Hoffman is the President Emeritus and Founder of Internews, a global non-profit organization that supports open media worldwide. He is a leading expert on media policy and has worked with local journalists in numerous countries including in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

He is also a founder of the Global Forum for Media Development, representing media NGOs in 100 countries.

Hoffman has written widely about media and democracy, the Internet, and the importance of supporting pluralistic media around the world. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Affairs, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Hoffman has also testified before U.S. House and Senate committees on the issue of press freedom.

Hoffman has worked on various media initiatives around the world involving radio, television, and the Internet. He was project director of the Emmy-award winning television series “Capital to Capital” in 1987 and was project director for Internews’ broadcasts of the proceedings of the War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, for which Internews was awarded the European Commission’s ECHO Award for Broadcast Commitment in 1996. From 1980-1982 he was the editor of Evolutionary Blues, a journal of political thought on international conflict, the threat of nuclear war, and US-Soviet relations. Hoffman was previously the national director of the peace movement Survival Summer, a coalition of peace and environmental groups which launched the anti-nuclear war movement of the early 1980’s.

Hoffman has a BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and has completed doctoral work in the Social and Intellectual History of the United States at the University of Colorado.

Entries by David Hoffman

Information Saves Lives

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:13 PM

People in the Philippines need information as much as food, water and shelter. As the world watches the devastation and the human tragedy caused by Typhoon Haiyan in unending images on our television screens, remember that we have infinitely more information than the victims do. They are living through this...

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Time of the Doves

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Javad Zarif, now Iran's foreign minister, and I laughed at the improbable trajectory of our lives since we were both students in Colorado. He thought it ironic that I would write my doctoral dissertation on the history of American socialism. I asked him what he had written his about. He...

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A Grand Bargain in the Cards

(6) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 12:49 PM

While all eyes are on the UN and the bloggersphere is all aTwitter about Syria and chemical weapons, a far bigger story may be developing that will reshape the Middle East.

It is well known that Iran supplies weapons and soldiers to Syria. The Wall Street Journal has now documented...

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Citizens: The New Fourth Estate

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 3:07 PM

Citizens are taking to the streets in cities across the world to demand greater accountability from their leaders in a surge not seen since the end of World War I. The issues differ from country to country -- against graft, violations of the rights of women, exploitation of the environment...

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As Power of Media Rises, the Deadliest Year for Journalists

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 8:12 AM

May 3rd marks World Press Freedom Day. While we pause to honor those journalists who have been killed or imprisoned, it is important to realize the growing role media play in global politics and the changes that are redefining what it means to be a journalist.

According to the...

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Kenya's Second Chance

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 2:13 PM

As Kenya approaches a pivotal presidential election on March 4, the world's media will undoubtedly focus on the spectacle of a top contender charged by the International Criminal Court (ICC) with crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the ethnic violence that killed 1,200 people following the last poll,...

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The I-Factor

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 12:09 PM

President Obama's foreign policy speeches understandably play down the "D word," eschewing the aggressive advocacy of democracy that was the rallying call of the Bush administration. He is playing it cool, as he should, avoiding the hegemon's temptation to hector others. The proselytizing of Western-style democracy by the former president...

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The Permanent Campaign Has No Borders

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 3:24 PM

Why stop here? What started in America can spread across the globe. Having demonstrated the massive power of digitally connected social networks to transform the political landscape, the Obama campaign has reinvented the architecture of democracy. Entrenched power centers and special interests will retain substantial influence, but newly mobilized cyber...

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