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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...

Poor school conditions, health epidemics, and other issues have trapped Guinea Bissau's Tombali region in cycles of poverty. It was suggested that implementing media outlets such as radio and TV might foster people's participation in solving their problems, by educating them and providing the necessary means. By providing training to local journalists, producers, and volunteers, Cameconde/Quitafene Radio intends to produce programmes with an emphasis on local, national, and regional environmental issues and concerns with the goal of improving social conditions and thereby the quality of...

The Press clubs located in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) are under-resourced and underdeveloped. There are seven independent press clubs in the FATA, with the membership of 250+ journalists working with the print and electronic media. In their current form, the press clubs primarily provide a 'journalistic identity' through membership to their members and a platform for the exchange of information. They do not provide a means of broad professional development. Nor is there any formal mechanism for the members of the clubs from different areas to share experiences with...

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...

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...

New media is developing as an alternative to news in the Dominican Republic as traditional media (three major newspapers and two free dailies) seems more and more committed to the statu quo. In a moment where governmental pressure is becoming permanent news in the region, at a time when the economic crisis is hitting the traditional media hard with palpable consequences on the quality of the reporting due to strained working conditions for journalists and other pressures by the economic powers that have a say in the journalistic agenda; today, when new media is becoming increasingly...

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 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...

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