IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

Journalists and media outlets in Kazakhstan are frequently subjected to law suits from both individuals and organizations with libel and defamation charges, often resulting in the closure of media outlets due to bankruptcy, as well as the threat of imprisonment for journalists. The stimulus for such law suits is often media articles or reports based on unverified or unreliable information, resulting from a fundamental lack of legal knowledge on the part of journalists and media managers. At present, very little time is devoted to covering the subjects of libel and defamation within...

During a crucial time of change in Chad's legal and local governmental structure, the Haut Conseil de la Communication (HCC) has highlighted the need to strengthen the capacities of public and private media to provide participatory support during elections. With the recent introduction of laws authorizing the publication of partial results and the broadcasting of commentaries on electoral processes, the responsibility of the media to ensure transparency and credibility is even more pertinent. Unfortunately however, the HCC's role as the media regulatory body in Chad is limited, due to a...

CESTI is a Dakar University institute whose main role is to train journalists and media practitioners and to conduct fundamental and applied research in Information Sciences and Technologies. It caters not only to students from Senegal, but also to students from around twelve African countries. CESTI currently offers a Master's Programme which needs to incorporate major development issues in a more effective and professional manner. This challenge involves training journalists and media technicians who possess the skills to navigate effectively around the media world and are capable of...

Since being established in the year 2000, the University of N'Djamena has trained 105 students in the fields of Journalism, Organizational Communication, Human Resource Management, and Cultural Activities. At present however, its capacity to deliver quality journalism education is severely limited by a lack of space and equipment. The country's Minister for Communications has stated that the training of journalists is of crucial importance, and is therefore personally committed to tackling the problems identified by the recent evaluation mission to Chad, carried out by ESSTIC. This project...

In 2008, events relating to the arrest of journalists and police raids on the premises of a local private radio station caused Mauritius to drop 21 places on the Global Media Freedom Index by Reporters without Borders. In the same year, the African Media Barometer reiterated this negative trend by underlining that the state-controlled operator 'MBC', which dominates Mauritian television, is highly political and propagandist in terms of content and influence. Further shortcomings also exist within the profit-driven private media sector, particularly in terms of its portrayal of women. This...

Despite large numbers of women occupying positions in the Colombian media today, the gender divide is ever-present with female media professionals regularly subject to discrimination. At fault is a lack of interest concerning gender issues combined with a lack of organized training. For these reasons, the Colombian Federation of Journalists created FECOLPER Women's Network, an internet network created specifically for the exchange of information about gender and freedom of the press. This project aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of FECOLPER by applying UNESCO's Guidelines on...

In comparison to its population size, Ethiopia is served by a relatively small number of private and state-owned television and radio stations. Although these have played a fundamental role in bridging the information gap, certain communities whose languages are not yet covered by the mainstream media remain impoverished in terms of their ability to access information. Community radio has the possibility to reach out to such groups, but at present the majority of community radio stations in Ethiopia are forced to operate with very limited means due to short supply of equipment and lack of...

Despite the large numbers of media houses and people employed in Grenada's media relative to the country's size, the absence of a tertiary-level media training institution means that many of its journalists are unqualified. This, combined with the low salaries offered to journalists, presents cause for major concern amongst members of the Media Association of Grenada (MWAG), as the profession offers unappealing prospects to school and college graduates. MWAG is responding to this concern by providing training in print and broadcast journalism to media practitioners in Grenada, with a view...

The Cape Verdean island of São Vicente possesses the highest unemployment rate in the country (23% compared to a national average of 17%), with the situation being worst among women and youths. Consequently, many of these unemployed inhabitants choose to take up an artistic career, contributing to a rich cultural scene. In recent years a National Arts and Crafts Centre has been established in the city of Mindelo, providing support for the production and sale of items made by local crafts people. The São Vicente Town Hall would like to further enhance its support for local artists by...

The absence of a media complaints mechanism in Swaziland has led to a lack of trust of the media sector by the majority of citizens. In an effort to address the issue, the Cabinet of the Kingdom of Swaziland has endorsed the creation of a Media Commission Bill which would seek to regulate the media. However, this has been met with opposition by many media stakeholders who feel strongly that the media sector should be self-regulated and not subject to government control, particularly since the country's media landscape is at present dominated by state-owned channels. Media organizations...

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