IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

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 lack of adequate means of communication and information is an acute problem in the DRC in general, and particularly in the South Kivi province, whose population is forecasted at 4,101,249 inhabitants by 2010. Despite the presence of 2 public radio stations, 6 commercial stations, 2 newspapers, and the 5 foreign radio stations which broadcast in this area, information is only received by a tiny proportion of th epopulation, because practically all these broadcasters are based in Bukavu and only provide coverage for the town and privileged areas on its periphery. The media environment...

In Lao PDR, mass media has been gradually evolving. An increasing variety of types of media are being used, including newspapers, radio and television. There are both private- and government- owned media. Freedom of expression is guaranteed by the recently endorsed media law. In order to produce quality media, the skills of media professionals need to be developed. In 2004, a Mass Media Bachelor Course was initiated at the Department of Lao Language and Mass Media, Faculty of Letter, National University of Laos. Since its establishment, the Department has been playing a crucial role in...

Madagascar has a liberal policy towards the media, which has fostered the development of media pluralism and diversity. Currently, Madagascar boasts 198 public and private radio stations, 25 public and private television channels, and 28 newspapers (dailies, weeklies and monthlies). The online media, too, is a growth sector, with considerable potential for further development. With regard to reliable archive sources, the Malagasy media suffers from a lack of specialist professionals coupled with insufficient national coverage. Currently, skills are acquired either on the job, or through...

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 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...

The media sector in the MENA region (Middle East and North-African countries) is experiencing an intense growth in terms of quantity of new players (privatisation in national TV sector and emergence of Pan-Arab satellite channels), which offer diversification, scope of action and technological progress. The existing training opportunities for journalists provided by the training and academic institutes operating in the region are not sufficient in comparison with the needs, in particular in the field of specialised training. The analysis of the current media landscape shows a large...

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...

This proposal seeks support to organise a 3-day national training seminar to foster professional capacities of broadcast journalists in covering climate change issue as well as raise the public awareness about risks of climate change. This seminar will be conducted in order to put this project within the context of the International Conference on Broadcast Media and Climate Change organised by UNESCO in September 2009. The training will aim at building capacity of journalists to cover the issue as well as to localise main points of the Paris Declaration on Broadcast Media and Climate...

The Beninese press has played a leading role in the development of the democratic process in the Republic of Benin. Since the historic National Conference (Conférence nationale des forces vives de la nation) of February 1990, which propelled Benin to the forefront of the most socially and politically stable African countries, its local media has continued to assume its watchdog role. Political pluralism, and above all press freedom, marked by the emergence of a dynamic press, have ensured peaceful transitions of political power since 1991. According to the Reporters sans Frontières report...

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