IPDC Project beneficiary type: Professional associations

In South Sudan the impact of long years of conflict and war are still very evident in almost all aspects of society, and enormous efforts are currently underway to ensure peace and security, reconstruction and development. However, development processes will be difficult without the establishment of a free media in order to create an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence and to institutionalize a culture of democracy in the country. The media in South Sudan does not reflect plurality and diversity of society. The written press is tied to low levels of literacy, thus contributing to low...

With the recurring conflicts in the sub-region, and the politico-military upheavals in CAR in particular, forms of violence against women have increased in number and gravity. And yet most women experience scenes of violence within their own homes. Such violence makes women and young girls vulnerable and suppresses any desire or capacity to seek emancipation and financial independence. This project proposes to raise public awareness of violence against women by reinforcing the investigation methods of female journalists.

The comprehensive and all-inclusive agreement signed in Pretoria, South Africa in 2002 within the framework of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue brought an end to the long period of conflict which had been ongoing in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1996. It marked the beginning of a process of political transition and the pacification of the country, both of which are issues on with the Congolese media are not neutral. While it is true that the country now enjoys media pluralism, instances of abuse are frequent due to the lack of neutrality and objectivity in the media. Hence the need to...

The advancement and ease of access to information technology has accelerated the already pervasive influence of media to the extent that the media has become a major factor in shaping people's ideas, values, concepts and behavior. In a country like Nepal, which is so diverse in terms of gender, caste, religion, ethnicity and language, Media can be a powerful tool to enable Women, Dalits, and other marginalized and excluded communities to be heard by mainstream society.
 
In a plural society, every section of society should have the right to express their opinion and it is the...

Ninety four journalists have been killed in Pakistan during last decade out of which 38 were shot dead in target killing. In 2012, eleven journalists including one TV channel driver were killed in three provinces, Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of the country as impunity against Pakistani media rises to unacceptable levels. According to the figures compiled by the Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) eight Pakistani journalists have been killed up to June this year. Due to this alarming situation, Pakistan has been identified as one of the focus countries for the UN’s Plan of...

Pakistan has emerged as one of the deadliest countries for local journalists in last couple of years. The journalists face various dangers not only during covering assignments, but also the digital security of the journalists is constantly under threat. This loophole in digital security was widespread when the journalist Saleem Shehzad got murdered brutally. Saleem Shehzad was a contributor to an international online publication, and as reported his browsing records and information of sources was leaked through the hacking of his account, which looked suspicious to particular groups;...

Ownership of media across the Caribbean region is mixed between private and state operators skewed towards the former. There is a multiplicity of media outlets and formats: daily/weekly newspapers, radio and television stations; internet/blogs; and national and community-based media.
 
Most of the media markets in CARICOM have state regulators for the electronic media sector as well as libel/defamation laws on their books. In recent times, national, regional and international media trade/professional associations have been advocating the relaxation of the libel laws across the...

Liberia experienced a civil war which spanned fourteen years. Peace was brokered in 2003 and in 2005 an elected Government was installed. Since then a proliferation of print and electronic media institutions have developed in the capital Monrovia and other parts of the Country. Currently, there are more than thirty FM radio stations in Monrovia and about forty community radio stations strewn all over Liberia. There are five television stations and over twenty-five newspapers. The national broadcaster, Liberia Broadcasting System, which transmitted radio and television programs nationally...

Journalists and media practitioners in Southern Africa face relatively similar regulatory and legislative challenges, exposing them to a wide range of risks in their line of duty. Among the regulatory and legislative challenges are repressive media laws, restrictive policies, and arbitrary arrests of journalists and denial of access to information, among others. For example, while in Zimbabwe journalists are subjected to a rigorous registration process and are denied access to information considered privy to the state through the Access to Information Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA),...

Although the Djiboutian government includes in its constitution under Article 15 clear guarantees to freedom of expression and media freedom and has also ratified a number of relevant regional and international human rights instruments, it maintains a number of laws that are incoherent to these acceptable international human rights standards which severely restrict media freedom.

The Djiboutian human rights record was reviewed under the aegis of Human Rights Council’s first cycle of Universal Periodic Review on 2 February 2009. While the state delegation highlighted some of the...

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