IPDC Project beneficiary type: University/journalism departments

To that end, AUCC has developed both a Climate Change course for its final year (Level 400) students, and also a 2-4 week training course for journalists currently employed in the field. The broad aim of these courses is to educate the journalists on climate change in order to equip them to educate their communities on the need to protect and sustain Planet Earth in order to guarantee quality human life. Training people to become effective journalists is important because journalists help the communication process at two levels: (1) analysis to bring sense and structure out of the never-...

The "Journalism and citizenship" project initiated by Belekan Community Radio finds its justification in the desire to contribute to the process of post-conflict management. The project will address the issues of citizenship and human rights through the use of ICT resources. Young people will be its main beneficiaries.

In 2012, Mali experienced severe political and security upheavals which plunged the country into

a crisis with economic and political repercussions. Following the political changes that occurred

in 1991, considerable progress was made in the area of freedom of expression, so much so that

Malian experience was praised by numerous observers. The principles of freedom of opinion,

freedom of expression, and freedom of the press are established in the Constitution of 25

February 1992. As the media played a major role in the advent of democracy, a genuine...

Fesmedia Africa's 2010 media barometer reveals that the journalism training at the University of Antananarivo does not include refresher programmes even though graduating students experience difficulties due to pedagogical shortcomings and gaps in the content of the initial training programmes. Furthermore, among the media professionals, the vast majority (more than 700) are trained on the job. One consequence of this is the plethora of articles based on sensationalism and a dull report of facts. This project aims to strengthen the capacity of a national pool of instructors from 6 public...

Somalia is often described as the world's top fragile state, a country that has been engulfed in conflict and remains volatile, severely affected by the impact of more than a decade of civil strife. Currently the country is fragmented into South Central Somalia which is partially controlled by the newly-formed Somalia National Government, the internationally recognized government of Somalia, Somaliland which declared it’s independent from the republic of Somalia in 1991 and Puntland which declared itself as an autonomous state in 1998. The mandate of the previous Transitional Federal...

Along with more and more attention paid to the development of media and culture in China, the landscape for the dissemination of information and the promotion of freedom of expression has been changed by technological innovation, legal protection and political encouragement. Although China’s media environment has grown explosively over the past few years, the legal framework under which the media operates remains underdeveloped. It is therefore essential to pay more attention on the development of Chinese legal framework for media and freedom of expression.
 
The Price Media...

Mexico is one of the most challenging countries for journalists in Latin America. In 2012, ARTICLE 19, Office for Mexico and Central America documented 207 aggressions against journalists, press workers and media organisations. This number represents 20.34% on top of what was registered the previous year.
 
The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of impunity underlines the importance of the Judiciary on the protection and promotion of press freedom as well as on the fight against impunity.
 
Improving the understanding of the UN and Inter-...

Bolivia, now constitutionally recognized as a Plurinational-Community State, given the significant existence of precolonial indigenous-native nations and peoples, has as an innovative feature of democratic construction, the recognition of communication and information as a constitutional right and public good (Art. 106 . NCPEP). The New Plurinational State Constitution (2009) notes that the State guarantees that Bolivians, within the scope of the right to communication and information, enjoy the freedom of expression, opinion and information and the right to share freely their ideas by any...

Ecuador has recently approved a Communications Law which presents a new regulatory environment and a set of challenges for journalism and the exercise of free expression in Ecuador. The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has expressed -in a letter issued in June 28, 2013- that the Law should be brought in line with international standards on freedom of expression, because some of the provisions of the Act could restrict the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and provoke a serious chilling effect. In the same...

A research summary report of the African Media Development Initiative (AMDI)14, indicates that literacy rates for urban areas of Tanzania average 35.4% and that the country has some of the lowest rates of access to Television and Newspaper based media across sub-Saharan Africa, with only 34% watching TV and 31% reading a newspaper at least once a week. The AMDI report also highlights low levels of professional, ethical, management and technical standards among media practitioners, which is attributed to: insufficient or poor-quality training institutions; rapid expansion of media outlets (...

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