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The absence of a journalism school and training at the University of Nouakchott, is a serious handicap for media development and the actual exercise of freedom of expression in Mauritania. In Mauritania, practising journalists possess little or no qualifications and receive their training on the job, and often go on courses, study trips or scholarships abroad, offered by the UNESCO Office or other international cooperation agencies. Most of the journalists at Radio Mauritanie - the only radio station in the country - were recruited at the end of the 60s and will soon be retiring. As such,...

The communities in the south are isolated and indigenous ? Mopan and Q'eqchi' Maya. Unfortunately, radio cannot reach many of these villages due to the terrain. This is particularly problematic because these villages also are home to poor, marginalized indigenous people who need access to information and communications technologies. It is imperative that local Maya receive accurate and up-to-date information. Given its accessibility and cost-effectiveness, community radio represents a democratic and participatory medium. People can be united by community radio. Tumul K'in Learning Center...

In Costa Rica, medias are well developed, but they do not always coincide with the democratic spirit of the country. It counts with almost 110 radio stations that broadcast their programmes, but they are still generally concentrated in the central part of the country, although the community radios make the exception. There is a large variety of weekly reviews and publications, but their news coverage remains limited, and sometimes with very low quality. The new media tools, based on the Internet, begin to get certain relevance, although it is still below the level reached by more developed...

Unfortunately the largely unplanned expansion of the broadcasting industry did not allow for commensurate training with the result that this sector now suffers from an acute shortage of trained or skilled media workers at all levels of the broadcast industry. In a recent study, for each of the broadcast stations surveyed, less than a third of the staff had received formal training. Media managers are reluctant to provide skills training as they feel that persons use media training to launch new careers or that they are training persons for mobility to other things. Radio St. Lucia is the...

Somalia's media has evolved since it first blossomed in 1991, with private newspapers that were aimed at a rather narrow urban, literate and politicized elite, up to the time when it became a much more populist, commercial and community-based media with a tendency to side with various clans. The increase in the number of media outlets has corresponded with the arrival on the labour market of a generation of journalists, unskilled in either the basics of the profession or its ethical requirements. May be the largest obstacle to professional reporting remains the lack of education and...

The establishment of community radio stations in Timor-Leste did not follow a clear, strategic and coordinated process and was not preceded by wide community consultations. This has led over the years to the communities not feeling the ownership of their radio stations; as a consequence, they are not actively engaged in the running of the stations, and not able to discern the fact the radio stations can contribute in a myriad of ways to the improvement of their livelihoods. In many cases, the community believes that the community stations belong to those volunteers who run them. Community...

Due to geographical barriers (enclaves, dense forest,?), the radio broadcasting media cannot cover the entire national territory, or at least inhabited zones. The Dienga district and its environs is in one of these uncovered zones. What this means is that only a fraction of the population has access to information, and then with great difficulty. Community radio is therefore seen as an effective alternative for enabling public access to information. While the press receives grants from the State, this is not the case for radio and television. As such, despite the importance of community...

Samfya is about 700 kilometres from Lusaka the capital city of the country which is also the country's media. hub. The national radio signal barely reaches this area and the country's newspapers comprising of a few dailies and rare weeklies, all based in Lusaka, reach this area with stale information and often of less relevance to the people of this district who eke a living as subsistence farmers and fishermen. Poverty is rife in this district so are problems of the communities' livelihoods. Realising this, communities have united to find common solutions to their very precarious...

The proliferation of media is not uniformly accessible throughout the country. In fact, the audiovisual space is marked by a decrease in coverage from the South towards the North. The Zanzan region in the north-east of the country is affected by that access disparity. To remedy the lack of infrastructure, Radio Boutourou was set up under the UNESCO-MAB project. The project falls within the framework of building the management capacities of the Comoé Biosphere Reserve by facilitating communication between management and the population. Since the inauguration of the station in May 2007,...

The station faces a number of sustainability challenges that affect the quality of its programmes operations: lack of own building; lack of studio equipment (soundproofing and recording); lack of office furniture and important ICTs like computers, printers and servers; lack of transport facilities and lack of resources to hire critically needed permanent volunteers in key management positions. It is now moving from the terrain of an amateur community radio to that of a semi-professional station. It is becoming a force to be reckoned with for the national broadcaster and other commercial...

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