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Madagascar has a liberal policy towards the media, which has fostered the development of media pluralism and diversity. Currently, Madagascar boasts 198 public and private radio stations, 25 public and private television channels, and 28 newspapers (dailies, weeklies and monthlies). The online media, too, is a growth sector, with considerable potential for further development. With regard to reliable archive sources, the Malagasy media suffers from a lack of specialist professionals coupled with insufficient national coverage. Currently, skills are acquired either on the job, or through...

Media pluralism is a recent phenomenon in Chad, so much so that, as is often the case in countries in which pluralism of expression is embraced against a backdrop of poverty, the professional challenges are multiple. Today, however, the Chadian media can be viewed as a vanguard in pluralism of expression. Nevertheless, Chadian journalists are threatened and arrested in the exercise of their profession, and the media landscape is characterized by a lack of training among journalists, in writing for radio for production techniques, and among first-level maintenance technicians, as well as a...

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...

The Chilean mass media, and particularly radio broadcasting stations, are well developed and perhaps exist in sufficient number to allow community members to have several options to choose from. However, they are almost all of regional or national reach and therefore not very useful for those who live and work in rural areas, because they do not correspond to the local reality and needs. These regional and national radios are mainly used to listen to music in those areas. The borough of Romeral although near to the provincial capital Curicó, consists of 71% rural area. Therefore local...

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...

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...

Today, ISIC needs to improve and expand its course offering to meet the new challenges in an evolving media sector. It must respond to the needs of the emerging media outlet of online radio, by developing training programmes which take account of professional and technological requirements in this field. In this framework, ISIC intends to organize two training workshops for the lecturers and technicians in the Audiovisual Department of ISIC: one on online journalism techniques, and the second on the creation and development of an online radio station. This project finds its justification...

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...

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 CBA works with broadcasting regulators in order to establish a framework for democratic principles in broadcasting. In order to reinforce the CBA's Guidelines for Broadcasting Regulators, supported by UNESCO and published in 2007, with a second updated edition in 2009, there is a need for an annual Workshop for Broadcasting Regulators. The CBA proposes to hold it first in Johannesburg in April 2010, and to invite 24 Commonwealth Regulators / those responsible for broadcasting regulation. Some regulators in Africa are well staffed and well funded, and have been established for a number...

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