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Although the opening up of the media landscape in the Central African Republic is a relatively recent phenomenon, it has not been able to achieve its full expression on account of the military-political crises which have plaguged the country, the acute pauperization of the population, and the absence of a legal framework conducive to the emergence of a pluralistic media. Against this backdrop, the Central African media has suffered the effects of the poor economic situation, which has hindered the development of a professional and free media. In post-conflict countries such as the Central...

This proposal seeks support to introduce a 2-part training programme for news editors and radio station managers representing community and mainstream broadcast outlets in the Commonwealth Countries of East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania). The purpose of the project is to encourage and improve media self-regulation on matters of independence, fairness and ethical approach via a 'top-down' training model that will promote the production and implementation of internal editorial policy frameworks. At present, free and pluralistic media development in this region is significantly weakened...

New challenges are emerging in Sri Lanka on the form and direction of the post conflict transformation. Vibrant and professional media practice is vital in many aspects throughout the post conflict transformation stage to bring voices of the ground to decision making level as well as to inform the public on what is happening around them in order to make individual decisions. Sri Lankan media has been generally divided along the ethnic and linguistic lines over the period of the ongoing conflict, thus creating an environment for escalation of the misunderstanding between communities in the...

State-run radio and television services play an important role in the peace consolidation process in post-conflict countries, and especially in a country like the Central African Republic, which is very large but sparsely populated. In the course of various conflicts, much of the Radio and Television Service's production and broadcasting equipment and its archives have been destroyed, thereby aggravating the information deficit. It is essential that the Central African Radio and Television Service be rehabilitated so that it can pursue its mission of propmoting social, economic, and...

The majority of journalists and other media professionals in these means of transmission do not have an independent capacity from the major companies which own most of the existing frequencies. This situation, among other things, does not facilitate the respect of freedom of expression at the national or local level. Since 2009, there has been widespread censorship, including the dismissal of journalists who do not share those changes, or closure of their programs, which is clearly a violation of their rights. This situation reinforces the perception of the country with a freedom of speech...

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...

We might find communities into which this technology and advances in communications are not reached. This situation tends to increase the levels of poverty and makes more difficult the achievement of real development of the rural communities. This is why there is a strong need to strength media communications in the communities, such as the creation of a bulletin board, information sheets, posters, community radio stations, newspaper articles, door to door flyers and magazine articles, which would allow the communities to rescue their form of living, their needs, dreams, achievements, and...

The absence of a journalism school and training at the University of Nouakchott, is a serious handicap for media development and the actual exercise of freedom of expression in Mauritania. In Mauritania, practising journalists possess little or no qualifications and receive their training on the job, and often go on courses, study trips or scholarships abroad, offered by the UNESCO Office or other international cooperation agencies. Most of the journalists at Radio Mauritanie - the only radio station in the country - were recruited at the end of the 60s and will soon be retiring. As such,...

The right to information is guaranteed by the presidential decree of December 1999 on press freedom in Niger. However, in reality, the exercise of press freedom has yet to manifest itself. The inhabitants of Niger's rights to the state-run media are neither constitutionally guaranteed nor equitable. Presenters--for the most part trained at the Institut de Formation aux Techniques de l'Information et de la Communication (IFTIC, Institute for Training in Information and Communication Techniques) generally enter the professional system with no career or ongoing training plan; they exercise...

With the advent of the 3rd Republic, the National Assembly of Mali can now be considered as the nation's barometer of democracy, on account of the debates conducted within that forum. However, where institutional activities are concerned, and parliamentary affairs in particular, Malian citizens on the whole are under-informed, and express little interest in the acts adopted by their parliamentary representatives. Popular indifference in this respect could constitute a factor of under-development, and a potential source of social crisis. Participation figures suggest a crisis both in terms...

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