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In Colombia, investigative journalism faces many obstacles, such as violence in small cities, routine danger and threats to journalists, economically entrenched interests of communication media, the control of some politicians over journalists and media outlets, and the lack of knowledge about technologies and investigative techniques by journalists. Despite these difficulties, many journalists in Bogotá and Colombian regions have produced great investigative works on diverse topics such as political, environmental and social matters. However, very few journalists use information and...

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...

Media development in Kazakhstan's regions has been slow. Although new private media outlets have opened, journalists lack basic educational and professional skills; with low salaries, they are susceptible to pressure from local political and business interests. Many do not know their legal rights?for example, for access to information?and lack training in research, fact-checking and providing balanced stories. Financially-struggling media outlets regularly publish or broadcast hidden advertising, press releases from local government or businesses masquerading as news stories. Regional...

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...

It is urgent and necessary to develop campaigns of information on the existence of a regulation for access to information and to teach the population to demand their right. The ANP is willing to face this challenge and create conscience within society, starting with journalists, who require intense training. Once the journalists are convinced that access to public information is a right, and not a favor granted to them by public institutions, an important step will have been taken towards creating a conscience in civil society. The ANP also intends to create a judicial arm for access to...

Today, traditional mass-media, being by nature a 'one-way traffic' of information, gain an opportunity to create interactive grounds: it opens prospects for further development, and is a challenge, since most of mass-media have lost the skill to carry on a dialogue with an audience or have never been able to establish it. Besides, Internet is a new democratic space where each one has a freedom of speech. However, any mass-medium that knows and understands its audience information needs, is able to see a concrete person, family or group behind the audience. Thus, understanding their social...

Attacks on the press in the sub-Andean region are adopting increasingly indirect modalities, which require a more complex, ample and precise monitoring than has been traditionally conducted. Part of this problem is related to the arbitrary enforcement of laws and regulations dealing with the press, radio and television, as well as the aggressive intervention of government officials, and other covert forms of harassment that are difficult to objectively report. It is important to point out that there is no adequate record of the trials against journalists and media organizations....

In recent years the media's information agenda across Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador has been dedicated in large part to the different declarations from their respective leaders, much of it revolving around a border crisis caused by a series of events related to the Colombian armed conflict and security policy extant media scene is characterized by a polarization and politicization of information that many times works against the function of the media as an instrument for democracy and peace. Due to the tensions between national neighbors, it is important to foster actions that will help...

Of RNSTP's 41 staff members, only 16 have received training lasting more than three months. On the technical front, up until 2006?the year in which the Government decided to commence a digital migration process?the RNSTP was operated entirely with analogue equipment dating back, for the most part, to 1975. As part of the digital migration process, the RNSTP was provided (2007) with new hardware and software for its 3 production (broadcasting and editing) studios. Unfortunately, for economic reasons, the Government was unable to continue its support. Although the switch to digital is an...

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...

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