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This proposal seeks support to organise a 3-day national training seminar to foster professional capacities of broadcast journalists in covering climate change issue as well as raise the public awareness about risks of climate change. This seminar will be conducted in order to put this project within the context of the International Conference on Broadcast Media and Climate Change organised by UNESCO in September 2009. The training will aim at building capacity of journalists to cover the issue as well as to localise main points of the Paris Declaration on Broadcast Media and Climate...

Due to the absence of journalist training and the attitude of press bodies, in-depth investigative journalism is rare in the Angolan press. The project aims to create a core of motivated journalists in the printed press and electronic forms of media who are familiar with investigative journalism, and to train them to proficiency in this specialty. Trainers and professionals in investigative journalism will train thirty active journalists (of which 10 are women) during three one-week workshops, sensitize twelve to fourteen people with higher press responsibilities in the framework of a...

In Tajikistan, radio is the only broadcast medium that can be received in all areas of the country. Few journalists have academic or professional training in the field, and (with some notable exceptions), the quality of information-gathering, reporting and writing is low. Media rights organizations report that, although provided for in the constitution, press freedom is not widely respected. However, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranked Tajikistan in its 2008 Press Freedom Index as having the highest level of media freedom among the five Central Asian states. Opportunities for...

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...

As the free flow of information and ideas is at the heart of democracy and the cornerstone in human rights, the up-dating of the publication of Freedom of Information: A Comparative Legal Survey in 2008, and its translation into Chinese in 2009 are of great symbolic importance. The dialogue on freedom of information between China and the rest of the world is just beginning and the Chongqing University of China calls on UNESCO to seize an opportunity to capitalize on this unique occasion. This project intends to use the launch of the Chinese translation of the Freedom of Information...

Like many other structures in Liberia, the media is faced with the challenges of post-conflict reconstruction. The Liberian media requires an extended period of revitalisation and professional development to be able to properly fill its role as the 'fourth estate,' including acting as a watchdog, directly contributing to good governance and poverty reduction, as well as functioning as a tool for conflict resolution. In addition, most Liberian journalists have little or no exposure to new technologies and trends in the media, leading to poor quality media products. Journalism 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...

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...

Climate change already affects every member country in the SADC region: droughts, floods, unseasonable weather events, pests and food shortages. People on the ground need to be empowered by the awareness of the authorities. Broadcasting plays a pivotal role in bringing these urgent issues to the attention of the authorities. Education of the authorities and information of the public will enable them to take informed and responsible decisions. Broadcasters in the region need both the journalistic skills for this programme and the structures through which they can exchange and co-produce...

Poor school conditions, health epidemics, and other issues have trapped Guinea Bissau's Tombali region in cycles of poverty. It was suggested that implementing media outlets such as radio and TV might foster people's participation in solving their problems, by educating them and providing the necessary means. By providing training to local journalists, producers, and volunteers, Cameconde/Quitafene Radio intends to produce programmes with an emphasis on local, national, and regional environmental issues and concerns with the goal of improving social conditions and thereby the quality of...

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