IPDC Project implementation status: Implementation completed

While a large number of public-service radio and television broadcasters in the West African region possess their own audio and visual documents, a lack of training among staff in archiving combined with poor conservation conditions, make it difficult for broadcasters to exchange such documents. This project attempts to address these issues, and respond to to the ongoing technological revolution in radio and television broadcasting media, with a view to strengthening production capacity and safeguarding vital West African radio and television archives. In doing so, an Archiving and...

In spite of the progress achieved in the field of media development in Burkina Faso in the 1990s, numerous breaches of standards in ethics and professional conduct are observed in its media today. One of the reasons for this is a lack understanding of the elementary rules of the profession, which has highlighted the need to strengthen the capacity of training institutions. The Communication and Journalism Department of the University of Ouagadougou is one of the leading institutions of its kind (as illustrated by its nomination by UNESCO as a potential centre of reference in journalism...

The liberalization of the broadcasting and print media sector in Pakistan over the past two decades has led to an explosion in the number of circulating newspapers and magazines, with over 850 publications in circulation today. Historically this growth began in the main metropolitan centres, however the devolution of power to local governments across Pakistan has led to increased pressure on the media sector to mirror this change and provide support to district correspondents. At present this support is largely unavailable, with district correspondents often poorly educated, underpaid, 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...

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...

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...

In Colombia, investigative journalism faces many obstacles, such as violence in small cities, routine danger and threats to journalists, economically entrenched interests of communication media, the control of some politicians over journalists and media outlets, and the lack of knowledge about technologies and investigative techniques by journalists. Despite these difficulties, many journalists in Bogotá and Colombian regions have produced great investigative works on diverse topics such as political, environmental and social matters. However, very few journalists use information and...

It is urgent and necessary to develop campaigns of information on the existence of a regulation for access to information and to teach the population to demand their right. The ANP is willing to face this challenge and create conscience within society, starting with journalists, who require intense training. Once the journalists are convinced that access to public information is a right, and not a favor granted to them by public institutions, an important step will have been taken towards creating a conscience in civil society. The ANP also intends to create a judicial arm for access to...

The media have a fundamental role to play in building peace, intercultural dialogue and diversity. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles preventing the media from realizing this potential of facilitating mutual knowledge and understanding among neighbouring peoples. One central factor is that a majority of media in the region are linked to entrenched political and economic interests, and thus very rarely report on the interests and viewpoints of marginalized groups. There is a serious deficit in terms of plurality and diversity in international media content that negatively affects...

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...

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