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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...

Most graduates from journalism training institutions have been reluctant to enter the field due to a lack of adequate opportunities. Furthermore, media outlets' lack of financial and qualified human resources do not allow in-house and on-the-ob training for practicing journalists. Radio stations in Rwanda are not yet equipped to fulfill their mission in society: currently, most programming is dedicated to entertainment, leaving insufficient attention and resources for professionally designed educational programmes addressing the developmental issues. This project seeks support to upgrade...

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...

Animación Andina is a project to train young animators from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to produce animation media, primarily targeting children and youth, using the imagery, cultural values and traditional story telling of Andean cultures. Animación Andina will be proposed to public and private media sectors as an educational media tool that can be used in formal school education as well as through informal television viewing. The Andean region, like the rest of Latin America, has a treasure trove of cultural expressions in the plastic arts, as well as in music, literature and...

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...

The Asociación Latinoamericana de Investigadores de la Comunicación (ALAIC), representative entity of Latin American researchers on the communication area, proposes to IPDC actions aimed at improving the competencies of academic researchers and professors. To this end, ALAIC intends to restructure its website and transform the electronic platform into a portal of academic and professional interest (by incorporating the Latin American Journal of Communication Science, which is currently available only in printed version). ALAIC's purpose is to integrate local researchers in a network 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...

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...

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...

Nkhata Bay (and Usisya, the location where the radio will be installed), are in a 'shadow area' of the communication and information services. Radio signals from the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and other radio stations barely reach the district, and the citizens have now resorted to Tanzanian Radio stations, thus adversely affecting a sense of belonging to the Malawi nation. The lack of a relevant medium of communication has meant that the population cannot meaningfully participate in issues relating to the rule of law, human rights, development and decision-making. Rural women and...

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