South Asian Media for Migrants
The South Asian Media for Migrants (SAMM) is a network of South Asian journalists based in both origin and host countries of migrant workers. The network was established as a direct result of a sub-regional workshop for journalists on labor migration held in Kathmandu, Nepal December 2015 and a regional coordinator (Rafeek Ravuther of Center for Indian Migrant Studies) was appointed to direct the work of the network. The network which has established a communal face book page to share information and ideas, strives to carry out stories and analysis on issues, policies, processes related to migration to raise awareness among all stakeholders, especially the policymakers, on protecting and upholding the rights and welfare of migrant workers and their families and to strengthen the voice of advocacy on behalf of migrant workers.
Further, journalists will highlight a sustainable dialogue surrounding one or more issues discussed in regional and international forums as media has a great deal of power in determining how such forums are viewed and how civil society’s engagement in them is conceived. As the media engage on the consultations and forums regarding migration and development, it can put pressure on governments to take up recommendations—generated in international and regional forums—at the national and regional level. The media will also be used as a critical tool to monitor the implementation of recommendations undertaken by origin and host country governments at regional and global processes.