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Equatorial Guinea is at a vital stage of its democratic process, and for close to a decade now, the country has been experiencing a proliferation of ideas and opinions indicating that Equato-Guineans are enjoying a certain degree of freedom of expression, freedom of opinion and media pluralism, which are all tenets of democracy. However, despite the inclusion of these freedoms in the country's Constitution, democratic institutions are still very fragile and the protection of these rights is not always ensured. To consolidate this nascent democracy, the media, as a key player in any...

This project, through two-tier approach (monitoring and training), aims to assist communication professionals in the professionalisation of their activities with a view to achieving the production of responsible, high-quality journalism for the benefit of the Togolese population. To assist Togolese communication professionals in their endeavour, it was felt that a self-regulatory body akin to a tribunal of peers was needed. Thus the creation of the Observatoire Togolais des Médias (OTM, Togolese Media Observatory), whose role is to closely monitor the observance of ethical standards by...

Although Radio Mauritanie's sound archives constitute a precious source of information, access to them is limited on account of their deplorable state, which renders their exploitation difficult, and in some cases, even impossible. Fully aware of the importance and urgency of preserving its archives, Radio Mauritanie has already completed the digitization of 50 magnetic tapes. These tapes were selected for their poor physical state and the frequency of their use. In terms of digitization equipment, Radio Mauritanie already possesses tape recorders, a Dalet platform and digital audio...

The situation of HIV/AIDS is becoming extremely serious in Ethiopia. According to the ministry of Health (2004), 900 000 people have died since the beginning of the epidemic and more than 1.5 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in the country. In addition to the widespread cultural obstacles, misconceptions and inadequate knowledge about HIV/AIDS among the community have contributed to the widening the scope of the epidemic. So far, media interventions have mainly focused on the dissemination of information about HIV/AIDS. The media however, can play a crucial role in...

The immediate objective of this project is to provide the press and media organizations of the Central African Republic with a Press House equipped with ICT technology, Internet access, and media production equipment (including dedicated software for publishing and editing) and a printing facility. The Press House will also be an open, free and safe area for work, exchange and networking among national media professionals, ideal for hosting media associations (UJCA, GEPPIC, AJCA etc.), the media observatory (OMCA) and other media groups. A Press House functions primarily as a space for the...

In Kenya, new developments have led to the setting up of independent radio and television stations. Viewers now enjoy a variety of listening and viewing options. However, the number of independent media professionals and establishments in Kenya is not increasing and the prospect of a positive impact on cultural, social, political and economic development are limited. Policies still need to be created to ensure that broadcast media can succeed in the liberalisation of airwaves, which is a very important aspect of local content production and broadcast. Proposed Strategy: In anticipation of...

Televisheni ya Taifa (TVT) is a public service broadcaster, which started formal transmission on March 15, 2002. It is on air from 3 pm to midnight during the weekdays and from 2 pm to midnight during weekends. About 80% of its programmes are locally produced and the aim is to increase this percentage by improving programme production equipment and employing producers and journalists. Signals of TVT can be received in Dar es Salaam and Cost regions, parts of Morogoro, Tanga and Lindi/Mtwara regions, and Zanzibar. Plans are underway to expand its coverage nationwide. The development of TVT...

The creation of private and FM community radios has been encouraged in Cameroon since the promulgation of the mass media law in 1990 followed by the liberalization of the media landscape in 2000 after the publication of the text of application. However, despite this liberalization, access to the new information and communication technologies in Cameroon remains limited to the main metropolitan areas of Douala and Yaounde. In response to the lack of appropriate mass media structures, the aim of Radio Tikiri FM is to transform itself into a community radio equipped with a Multimedia Centre...

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) emerged as a professional body representing the interest of journalists since 1949. GJA is on eof the most important civil society organizations in Ghana and a strong advocate of press freedom and freedom of expression. GJA plans to conduct ICT workshops for journalists, to enchance the performance of media professional by ICT use and to increase the number of journalists capable of employing ICTs in their work. The workshops will take place over two week periods for individual groups of 40 covering a total period of 8 weels. An interactive training...

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