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The first community radio in Senegal was licensed in 1996, and the number of stations has grown since then. Senegalese community radios play a very important role and are strongly rooted in the local communities. They have a strong commitment to provision of information, to raising local awareness of social and economic affairs and to encouraging participation in local life. Some of them have thematic programme campaigns on issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention of malaria, adult literacy, women's rights, peace in Casamance and care of the environment. The community radios broadcast...

Many Cambodian newspapers and private radio and TV stations depend on support from political parties. Although press freedom is not guaranteed, the government has declared support for press freedom, publicly praising the benefits to society of an unfettered media. There are no restrictions on satellite dish ownership and foreign radio broadcasts can be received easily from neighboring countries. The purpose of the project is to develop reporting skills in the provincial media in the Kingdom of Cambodia, which has been neglected by the tertiary education sector and other training...

New media is developing as an alternative to news in the Dominican Republic as traditional media (three major newspapers and two free dailies) seems more and more committed to the statu quo. In a moment where governmental pressure is becoming permanent news in the region, at a time when the economic crisis is hitting the traditional media hard with palpable consequences on the quality of the reporting due to strained working conditions for journalists and other pressures by the economic powers that have a say in the journalistic agenda; today, when new media is becoming increasingly...

Although only 1% of Burkina Faso's 13 million inhabitants speak French proficiently, it is the predominant language in the print and audiovisual media. Thus, the vast majority of the population has no access to written information in any of their national languages. Supporting local-/national-language newspapers is a means to increase citizen involvement and thereby strengthen democracy and promote local development. The project aims to build capacity among national-language newspaper editors/managers and copy-writers through training in newspaper publication, namely the collection and...

Bangladesh experiences an urban bias with regard to distribution of economic and social goods, and media is no exception. Only 16 percent of the rural population has access to newspapers, and local newspapers are published in urban areas and therefore do not focus on rural problems. However, the main part of the rural population in Bangladesh is facing some of the largest development problems so far due to climate changes. It is essential to involve these peoples in the country's process towards a more democratic and developed society. Furthermore, although Article 39 of Bangladesh...

Mass media in Puntland is not well supported due to lack of facilities and expertise. It is therefore absolutely necessary that a well-equipped university campus radio station be established to not only serve as a community broadcaster, but more importantly provide the much needed training in professional journalism and broadcasting. Through its programming, this radio will address local issues as well as those that affect the surrounding communities, such as internally displaced peoples, educate the population about the negative effects and dangers of piracy, female genital mutilation and...

The proposal is framed by concerns about the severe repressions against the media and freedom of expression in Fiji, and fears across the region about the potential for a domino effect on other Pacific Island States. This project will therefore seek to address problems which weaken free media and pluralistic media development, while enhancing the professional capacity of media workers and their organisations, though provision of training identified as a key need for the region. By building on the experience of the IFJ, notably in South Asia, to create national and regional networks through...

Since the change of government in 1991, Ethiopia has witnessed tangible signs of increasing press freedom: under the Ministry of Information Licensing and Registration Office, more than 630 newspapers have been licensed, 130 magazines published, and more than 10 private and regional FM radio stations have begun broadcasting. Much remains to be done on the human resource side of the media industry to build capacity and professionalism. Despite the progress made by local and international partners, efforts to enhance the media professionals' skills, particularly in reporting on election...

Somalia's plight is reflected in its media: undeveloped, fragmented and often partisan, poorly resourced, professionally and technically inadequate and operating in an atmosphere hostile to free expression and often dangerous. In spite of this, diverse and more professional media outlets have emerged in recent years, in particular FM radio stations with no explicit factional links. The TV and press sectors are weak and radio is the dominant medium. Radio Galkayo depends on its dedicated volunteer staff with very limited financial and capacity-building support. The lack of staff training on...

Much positive work has flown from the UNESCO-Commissioned Centres of Excellence in Journalism Study which commenced in 2006. The current project aims to take this momentum another step forward. It will build on the fact that representatives from the Centres will have been sensitised on best practice with regard to the importance of integrating ICTs into their curriculum, trained about the pedagogy and teaching issues, and will develop an interactive web platform for their Centres. The current project proceeds to practical skills training, new media production output and reflection. It will...

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