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While community radios are protected by Uruguayan law, legislation is less supportive in Argentina, where community radios are not licensed in many provinces. Although freedom of press is formally guaranteed in both countries, media concentration and commercialization represent common threats to true participation and plurality. Vocational training for journalists and media professionals, especially in community radios, is crucial to consolidate democratization processes. This is especially important in the border region of Salto (Uruguay) and Concordia (Argentina), where strengthening of...

The lack of adequate means of communication and information is an acute problem in the DRC in general, and particularly in the South Kivi province, whose population is forecasted at 4,101,249 inhabitants by 2010. Despite the presence of 2 public radio stations, 6 commercial stations, 2 newspapers, and the 5 foreign radio stations which broadcast in this area, information is only received by a tiny proportion of th epopulation, because practically all these broadcasters are based in Bukavu and only provide coverage for the town and privileged areas on its periphery. The media environment...

In order to provide precise and truthful information that guarantees freedom of expression, the Púlsar Information Agency (newswire) of the World Association of Community Broadcasters ? AMARC ALC offers community and independent broadcasters a full scope of information from Latin America and the world on issues of interest to the civil society, considering the characteristics of radio language. It has 3,900 subscribers and receives more than 36,000 unique page visits a month to its website. In order to ensure a citizen and gender perspective, Púlsar favors alternative information agencies...

The Chama district is far away (more than 330 km) from Lusaka, Zambia's capital city where the media industries and institutions are located. The national radio signal barely reaches this province and newspapers: monthlies, weeklies and dailies are a rarity. Most of the citizens of this area end up listening to Malawian radio, even reading newspapers from the same country, which is not ideal for the building of a national identity. The illiteracy rate is very high because of the long distances to schools and the natural barriers like hills and rivers, which lead pupils to drop out of...

The project aims at establishing and operate a sustainable and comprehensive Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) serving the pastoral community in 14 villages in Ngorongoro district, where 70,000 people live, forming a media platform meeting local development needs. The aim is to increase the diversity of media in the country, and ensure access to information to the community and from the community to the Tanzanian leaders. This proposal seeks support to acquire equipment and provide initial training to the personnel who will operate the station. The Ngorongoro district is highly remote and...

A three tiered media structure comprising public, private and community is now in place. However, there are critical issues of concern. First, the guidelines subsume campus radio, community radio and agricultural universities under the same umbrella. This is unrealistic, particularly in the context of management and ownership. Community radio stations in most parts of the world are managed and owned by communities, in contrast to campus and agricultural university radio stations. Other issues of concern are that the guidelines do not permit community radio stations to broadcast news. This...

In Malawi, severe floods occur regularly in six river basin systems. The highest flood frequency has been recorded in the Lower Shire Valley, covering Nsanje and Chikwawa Districts. For the communities living in these areas, better information could considerably lessen human suffering: improved meteorological services giving accurate and timely information about the weather patterns can alert the population to be better prepared for the coming of rains, and hence enable them to move to higher grounds with their livestock to carry educational and medical equipment to safer areas. The...

Latin America and the Caribbean is a very vulnerable region regarding the environment, which is mostly due to the large number of economically underdeveloped small insular states in the region. The urgency for development is contradictory to the care for the ecosystems that distinguishes this region, which generates several conflicts at the social scale. Frequently and unfortunately, the media and journalists do not have a specialty degree, particularly on environmental issues to reflect objectively those issues, playing their role of surveillance against impacts to the environment and to...

Community media stakeholders in Tanzania find it necessary for community media to have its own network of discussion platforms. They came up with COMNETA, a very young virtual network, which is still undergoing registration and lacks organizational capacity. Organizing a capacity-building project for the Community Media Network of Tanzania (COMNETA) is crucial since it is the only place where community media will come together, identify themselves, create dialogue with the government and other stakeholders. It is the point where support will be guaranteed to all members who may not be able...

Though there are a large number of newspapers, weeklies, television channels and radio stations, access to media is still a privilege enjoyed by upper and middle class people. The condition and position of women is still quite vulnerable in mass media industry. Women are placed in low-ranking administrative jobs with no responsibility or with no possibilities of career development. Their participation in media is still very limited and is far from having reached a critical mass when women can make a difference. The project aims to increase women's participation in upcoming CR and to change...

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