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Mass media in Puntland is not well supported due to lack of facilities and expertise. It is therefore absolutely necessary that a well-equipped university campus radio station be established to not only serve as a community broadcaster, but more importantly provide the much needed training in professional journalism and broadcasting. Through its programming, this radio will address local issues as well as those that affect the surrounding communities, such as internally displaced peoples, educate the population about the negative effects and dangers of piracy, female genital mutilation and...

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...

This project will upgrade the professional skills of young journalists and graduates from the faculties of journalism of the Universities of the CIS countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Russian Federation engaged in the coverage of complex inter-ethnic, multi-confessional and cultural relations inside their countries and in relation with the neighbouring states. The main goal of the seminar is to show how to reflect the objective reality on these subjects in radio, print and electronic media: tactfully and with respect to the civil rights of an ethnic...

Since the change of government in 1991, Ethiopia has witnessed tangible signs of increasing press freedom: under the Ministry of Information Licensing and Registration Office, more than 630 newspapers have been licensed, 130 magazines published, and more than 10 private and regional FM radio stations have begun broadcasting. Much remains to be done on the human resource side of the media industry to build capacity and professionalism. Despite the progress made by local and international partners, efforts to enhance the media professionals' skills, particularly in reporting on election...

Somalia's plight is reflected in its media: undeveloped, fragmented and often partisan, poorly resourced, professionally and technically inadequate and operating in an atmosphere hostile to free expression and often dangerous. In spite of this, diverse and more professional media outlets have emerged in recent years, in particular FM radio stations with no explicit factional links. The TV and press sectors are weak and radio is the dominant medium. Radio Galkayo depends on its dedicated volunteer staff with very limited financial and capacity-building support. The lack of staff training on...

Much positive work has flown from the UNESCO-Commissioned Centres of Excellence in Journalism Study which commenced in 2006. The current project aims to take this momentum another step forward. It will build on the fact that representatives from the Centres will have been sensitised on best practice with regard to the importance of integrating ICTs into their curriculum, trained about the pedagogy and teaching issues, and will develop an interactive web platform for their Centres. The current project proceeds to practical skills training, new media production output and reflection. It will...

Public broadcasters are among the most effective media in delivering knowledge on climate change mitigation opportunities and adaptation processes in raising public awareness through the dissemination of scientific data and options comprehensible by the public at large. However, most regional journalists know little or nothing about the issue of climate change and its effect on the viewers. The reasons why climate change issues are poorly covered or go unreported are many and complex. Journalists need more environmental training and networking opportunities. Environment, science and...

The community radio sector in West, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa suffers from sustainability and capacity shortcomings to actually implement the community radio mission of public service to provide communities with self-help for social, economic and cultural development. Furthermore, national community radio networks organised with the goal of strengthening the organisational development of their members have so far been effective only in a few countries: Ghana, Mali and South Africa. While some national networks have been highly successful in mobilising the community radio...

Although it looks like a pluralistic media landscape, there is a high concentration of both audiences and advertising revenue amongst nine media conglomerates (one TV network, two newspapers and six radio groups). In recent years the number of small, local and alternative media outlets has grown considerably both in the capital and especially in the countryside. Although many of the journalists working in small and local media lack formal training, they play an important role in their communities and in society at large. Many journalists would like to receive training to upgrade their...

After the 2007 events and Hamas takeover, the security and political situation in the Gaza Strip has remained extremely volatile with serious consequences on the human rights situation. The restrictions on media freedom and freedom of expression have forced many talented journalists to leave Gaza, following threats and intimidations, closure of several media organisations, attacks and arrests of local media professionals. However, many journalists, bloggers and film-makers are committed to continue their work even under such difficult conditions, and proved to be the sole providers of...

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