IPDC Project beneficiary type: TV

The issues in the Palestinian media of overemphasising politics and of overlooking and marginalizing the socio-economic needs of local groups exist nationwide. This has consequently led to the absence of the concept of “citizen journalism” as well as at the grassroots level. Media capacity is not being used and employed for lobbying towards development and socioeconomic needs of people at the grassroots/locality/district level. No social media/bloggers synergies for development are formed and built up, even no influential or collective efforts are available.
 
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The Republic of Palau is a developing democratic island nation in the North Pacific. Its media development has been slow since its independence. The nation’s media consists of only four radio stations, 2 newspapers, and one local television cable company. There is only one local television station.
 
Access to media translates to access for only those in the main population area and for television, it is all for pay, cable-based. This means television is only for those with the financial ability to pay for it. Further, the nation’s only cable company is owned by the government...

In the 2013 Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders, Thailand ranks 135 out of 179. Thailand’s media industry faces different challenges such as media conglomeration, concentrated media ownership, lack of competition among media stakeholders and vertical integration. Furthermore, the relationship between media conglomerates and politicians may sometimes result in media’s self- censorship on sensitive issues. Major government agencies such as the Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Air Forces, Mass Communications Organization of Thailand (MCOT) and the Government Public Relations...

In the demanding regional context of the Middle East, popular movements against authoritative regimes have been empowered by media. Within the specific context of Palestine, an urgent need exists for an independent voice represented by a professional media outlet, however at present, Palestinians are faced with the difficult choice of watching partisan local news on TV which is either government affiliated or linked to the Hamas Movement. In both cases, viewers are often faced by advertising slogans, biased viewpoints and attitudes, and party politics. Wattan TV, on the other hand, has...

In 2008, the Oceania Television Network (OTV) developed the Micronesian island of Palau's first ever television news programme, with the help of financial support from the IPDC. Since its launch, television news has become the primary source of information for the Palauan community - raising awareness and promoting discussion on important political, educational, environmental and social issues. With the exception of Palau however, much of Micronesia does not have access to television news, due to lack of resources in terms of equipment, staff, and training opportunities. This project will...

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia now guarantees freedom of information and freedom of expression within its Constitution. A structured and vibrant media environment is therefore required in order to fully take advantage of these new legal developments. The Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTV) is currently the most widely transmitted station in the country. It encounters difficulties however, in obtaining adequate assistance from its partners and this is partly due to a lack training among its staff members. This project therefore aims to tackle this issue by providing a...

Dominated by private operators and international channels, El Salvador's media dedicates most of its air time and press coverage to income-generating programmes and topics, with a severe neglect for issues which are of relevance to local and marginalized communities such as human rights, environmental matters and gender equality. The strengthening of Salvadoran community media is therefore vital in order to promote freedom of expression, democracy and social inclusion. The Izcanal Foundation attempts to respond to these needs by providing community radio and television broadcasts to three...

Access to accurate and relevant information on the humanitarian situation calls for an international humanitarian and development assistance in a changing political environment, since security is a vital need of the people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Many international organisations, including the United Nations, have established effective communication and public information channels, while the local media outlets are less capable of producing news and information on humanitarian and development issues. The recognition of the crucial role of the humanitarian media is...

Television Niue and its private sector counterpart, Kilocutz Productions, are seeking to develop their staff skills to a higher level, in the three separate areas of lighting, sound, and editing. This training will also partly cater for new intakes identified for 2010 onwards. There is a currently a specific lack of development within both organisations beyond basic news and community events coverage. This shortfall currently prevents further development of both parties in other areas of TV production limiting development at a national level. The assistance sought is mid-level rather than...

Owing to a lack of trained human resources, most media houses in Equatorial Guinea, be they state-run or private, are unable to maintain correspondents outside the towns in which their head offices are located. The RTVGE, the largest media outlet with a public-service remit in the country, has acquired new premises and state-of-the-art equipment over the last 5 years. Nonetheless, the main handicap facing the local media in general, and the RTVGE in particular, is the lack of appropriately trained human resources, due to the absence of structures providing training for media professionals...

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