IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

Since the 90s, the political situation in Côte d'Ivoire has been particularly unsettled. And unfortunately, with each crisis, journalists have always been singled out as targets. Underlying these assaults on Ivorian journalists' and media professionals' physical and moral integrity is the widely held view that journalists do not always exercise their profession in a professional manner. According to a number of observers, this is due to a lack of knowledge, on the part of journalists, of the rules of their profession and the legislative and regulatory frameworks governing the media and...

In the face of heightening local and international concerns about the Liberia media being in harms way, this project is intended to research the safety issues impacting media practice using the UNESCO indicators. Among other things, four regional cluster sampling will be used as one strategy of gathering data to be analyzed and published. Cluster 1 will include River Gee, Grand Kru, Sinoe and Maryland who will be hosted in Grand Gedeh. Cluster 2 will include Nimba, Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Lofa to be hosted in Gbarnga, Bong County. Cluster 3 will include Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bomi who...

The Republic of Palau is a developing democratic island nation in the North Pacific. Its media development has been slow since its independence. The nation’s media consists of only four radio stations, 2 newspapers, and one local television cable company. There is only one local television station.
 
Access to media translates to access for only those in the main population area and for television, it is all for pay, cable-based. This means television is only for those with the financial ability to pay for it. Further, the nation’s only cable company is owned by the government...

The proposed 12-month action will build the capacity of journalists and media association staff from three targeted countries in the Pacific Islands to:
• Advocate on behalf of press freedom and freedom of expression
• Promote ethical journalism and the role of the media in democratic engagement
• Represent the rights and interests of journalists and the media
• Build networks and coalitions of human rights and press freedom defenders
• Professionalise and grow their organisations; and
• Direct information and priorities from local journalists/members...

In Dominica the constitution guarantees freedom of the press. There are two weekly newspapers, published in English. The Chronicle circulates to 3,000 on Fridays. The Sun, appears on Tuesday. Dominica has four radio stations, including the state-owned Dominica Broadcasting Corporation, and two cable TV networks that cover the island. The internet, used by around 40 percent of the population, is neither restricted nor censored by the government. The island also has several online news portals. Most, if not all media houses are based in the Capital city of Roseau.
 
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Bolivia, now constitutionally recognized as a Plurinational-Community State, given the significant existence of precolonial indigenous-native nations and peoples, has as an innovative feature of democratic construction, the recognition of communication and information as a constitutional right and public good (Art. 106 . NCPEP). The New Plurinational State Constitution (2009) notes that the State guarantees that Bolivians, within the scope of the right to communication and information, enjoy the freedom of expression, opinion and information and the right to share freely their ideas by any...

The emergence of Internet has brought unprecedented progress in the access of information and knowledge. Colombia has not been immune to the transformation that the digital age has produced. The Colombian panorama of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) is witnessing a dizzying development and growth. The data show that both access to and users of the Internet have increased exponentially. In the past two years, according to the Ministry of ICTs, the Internet has grown by 168%. A broad ICT policy is being implementing. For instance, around 1055 Kioskos Digitales5 have been...

The project aims to train journalists in accessing public information. The objective is to improve the capacity of journalists to demand public interest information from the State.
 
Since the year 2000, IPYS has been working systematically with regional and local media and individual journalists from Peru and Latin America. It has proven that most of them have very few financial, technical and professional resources and this affects negatively the quality of their production. Even though information seems to circulate freely, limitations exist because of a lack of knowledge...

The Project, Community Radio-Community Participation in Local Governance (CR-CPLG), will enhance the expansion of over 700,000 people’s access to communication. It will afford rural and marginalized communities, in the Central Region of Ghana, to exercise their right to communicate and, through and alongside this, their right to participate in and drive the process of development and empowerment.

 

The country’s population of about 24.4 million (2010 population census), “is predominantly rural” where 62% of the population reside and where poverty levels are high. (Gender...

Sri Lanka faces enormous challenges, not only in the areas of conflict resolution and national integration, but also in the face of the crisis of governance and challenges which need to be addressed to ensure Constitutionalism, the Rule of Law and participatory democracy. One of the major weaknesses in governance in Sri Lanka is the absence of transparency, under a strong culture of authority and secrecy rather than a culture of justification and transparency. When the 2004 draft bill on the subject was endorsed by both major parties, the general assumption was Sri Lanka would be among the...

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