IPDC Project implementation status: Implementation completed

Journalists in Venezuela face obstacles to fulfilling their professional duties, such as restricted access to public information. In order to overcome some of these obstacles, journalists (particularly investigative reporters) would benefit from working with IT experts to develop data management and digital information security tools, such as instruments to extract information of public interest from the web and databases to store that information. This project will therefore equip 100 journalists, journalism professors and web designers with skills in data management and digital...

The post-revolution media sector in Tunisia has entered an uncertain stage, characterised by a lack of clear regulation and confusion about ethical standards. Most media professionals do not differentiate between criticism and defamation, while some managers incite their employees to go beyond ethical limits in order to increase audience size. Unfortunately, there is no press council to ensure self-regulation. The unethical behaviour of Tunisian media workers leads to distrust amongst ordinary citizens for mainstream media.
 
To address this issue, the Tunis Centre for Press...

The media have the potential to play a major role in raising awareness about environmental problems and in particular in educating the public about climate change. Doing so can help change attitudes and behaviour, such as the irresponsible dumping of toxic waste, which can help mitigate the effects of climate change.
 
In order for journalists to be able to fulfil this role, they must be familiar with the problems and able to present them in an understandable and interesting way. This is not the case in francophone Africa, where environmental issues are generally not valued (...

Natural disasters are common occurrences in Costa Rica, with minor earthquakes taking place daily and strong tremors happening several times a year. According to national statistics, the 49 events that occurred between 1980 and 2010 killed 312 people, affected another 1 647 964 and produced damages amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars. Such events are major national news items. However, local media in disaster areas are unable to fully inform either the affected population or the national media. A blueprint for emergency response, the Manual for journalists on ethical coverage...

Harassment, intimidation and physical threats against journalists and media professionals increased in the Occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) during the first six months of year 2013, with 113 registered violations. Many of these are against women and are concentrated in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, two impoverished areas with limited access to the outside world. This project therefore targets female journalists in Gaza and the West Bank, providing them with counselling as well as awareness-raising and capacity-building sessions in order to contribute to greater female presence and...

Niger has a free, pluralistic and independent media, which comprises, according to the High Council for Communication – the media regulatory body –, 2 state-owned newspapers (one daily and one weekly), 48 privately-owned newspapers, one of which is a daily, 1 state-owned radio station, 7 state-owned regional stations, 51 privately-owned radio stations with 37 relays, 133 community radio stations with 2 relays, and 18 authorised television stations with 23 relays, two of which are state-owned. To date, there are 133 community radio stations in Niger which hold a licence issued by the High...

In 2013, the government of El Salvador established the Institute for Access to Public Information to sanction violations of the Access to Public Information Law. However, the general public - particularly rural citizens - lack awareness of the Institute and its mandate. The proposed project will therefore train community journalists in remote areas of El Salvador on how to educate the public on their rights and responsibilities regarding this Law.

Palestine lacks a culture of “citizen journalism”, whereby locals use the media in a systematic way to demand socioeconomic development needs at the local/district level. Thousands of journalists, social media activists and bloggers dedicate great efforts to discussing issues and challenges facing their societies but these efforts are often scattered and lack a specific objective.
 
The Wattan Citizen Journalist Network (WCJN) was created to fill this gap. It aims to provide an open, democratic platform for active social media users, bloggers, journalists and reporters in...

As freedom of expression and the right to access to information among poor and marginalised populations are threatened by aggression directed against journalists, attacks against community radio stations and by conflict situations, the workshop will contribute to strengthening this freedom and this right. The project will also contribute to peace and general safety. On completion of a 4-day workshop, 20 community-radio journalists – including 4 from Côte d'Ivoire, 2 from the Central African Republic, 4 from Senegal and 10 from Mali –, from as many radio stations, will be trained as...

Nicaragua’s indigenous communities have little access to the media, meaning they do not have a platform from which to voice concerns on the besiegement and usurpation of their lands and hence to define their future. Furthermore, the national media fails to convey their aspirations to live on their territories in accordance with their customs, stereotyping them as delinquents and/or land thieves. Local access to a means of communication is therefore vital for the indigenous communities of Nicaragua. This project will facilitate the creation of indigenous media outlets by providing training...

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