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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...

With the recent transformations in the way in which journalism and media professions are exercised, the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Techniques de l'Information et de la Communication (ESSTIC), as a reference in journalism training, must constantly monitor and reassess its training staff's skills and training equipment. In order to adequately prepare Cameroonian and other Central African students in the profession, ESSTIC must command the very best in terms of the trainer expertise and the tools required for appropriate training in new media practices. The project aims to train media...

The media environment is Kenya is one of tremendous opportunity and challenge. In particular, the medium of radio has rapidly expanded in pluralism and reach. However, the quality of existing training institutions varies enormously, and a strong and well-trained cadre of media professionals is needed. Daystar University has long been known as the premier broadcast training institution in the nation, particularly in the area of radio. In 2008 it was named as a Centre of Reference in journalism by UNESCO and was the first Kenyan university to have a licensed radio station on air. However,...

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...

The first community radio in Senegal was licensed in 1996, and the number of stations has grown since then. Senegalese community radios play a very important role and are strongly rooted in the local communities. They have a strong commitment to provision of information, to raising local awareness of social and economic affairs and to encouraging participation in local life. Some of them have thematic programme campaigns on issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention of malaria, adult literacy, women's rights, peace in Casamance and care of the environment. The community radios broadcast...

Although only 1% of Burkina Faso's 13 million inhabitants speak French proficiently, it is the predominant language in the print and audiovisual media. Thus, the vast majority of the population has no access to written information in any of their national languages. Supporting local-/national-language newspapers is a means to increase citizen involvement and thereby strengthen democracy and promote local development. The project aims to build capacity among national-language newspaper editors/managers and copy-writers through training in newspaper publication, namely the collection and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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