Countries: Uruguay

The objectives of this project are:

A. To contribute in the creation of tools for updating and training members of the judiciary in the thematic project.

B. To promote the application of international human rights law and international standards on freedom of expression and access to public information by the judiciary.

C. To improve the justice system's response to threats to freedom of expression and the right of access to public information.

D. To contribute to the creation of conditions that will strengthen the justice system as a guarantor of freedom of...

This project seeks to foster a framework for media self-regulation in Uruguay by strengthening the implementation of the Code of Ethics recently approved by the Association of Uruguayan journalists. It will do so by: a) promoting awareness of the Code among media and journalism students so that as many media organizations as possible adopt it voluntarily, thereby strengthening its enforceability; and b) setting a date for the first periodic review, thereby ensuring maximum participation in a national debate on media self-regulation.

The media are essential to implementing the public information laws, enabling citizens to have a better knowledge of the current legislation, but they are also a tool for the exercise of journalistic activity in its role as watchdog of state institutions. Although Uruguay has an acceptable level of media development –considering its number of commercial, community and state radio stations and the number of existing newspapers- the same cannot be said about the diversity and plurality of the country’s media system as a whole. Among audiovisual media, private supply is thoroughly predominant...

Despite the progress in the regulatory framework for freedom of information, Uruguay still has room for improvement as far as the treatment of the self-regulatory and ethical aspects of journalism and media activity is concerned. The objective of this project is to create a space for debate and reflection on the need for an ethical reference framework to be adopted by journalists and the media, as well as on the institutions' need to deal in a transparent way with complaints that may come from media users. As noted by UNESCO in the course of the discussion on 'Journalism Ethics and Self-...

Following the return to democracy in Uruguay, much progress has been made towards the diversification of information sources and development of community media, as well as in the introduction of legal regulation of the media system. There remains work to be done however, particularly in the use of media as a platform for democratic discourse and with regard to media access for certain sectors of society. In July 2010, the communication schools and faculties of all public and private universities in Uruguay began the process of designing and implementing the first national study on media...

This project contributes to encouraging the involvement of young people in the area of communication, as a strategy to construct citizenship, increasing the capability for producing qualitative broadcasting and to allowing UNI RADIO to participate in the exchange of learning skills with other social actors to generate knowledge that should be socially useful and valid. It aims to provide training to sixty young people, belonging to four different communicational projects in the entire country. They will then be in a position to produce and edit their radio messages digitally, after...

This project seeks to strengthen community multimedia centres (CMCs) through the training of their managers in community promotion, as well as adding the advantages of community radios to the operations of the telecentres and promoting the connection to Internet of a successful radio station in order to widen its reach, as pilot experiments.The immediate beneficiaries will be the communities of three isolated rural centres that will be able to install a community radio in their multimedia centres. They, and another 17 community centres and 10 community radios in several parts of the...

This project aims to put in place a programme of cooperation with the municipalities of the country, in order to carry out communications projects devoted to the concerns of citizens.

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