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...

Since the early 90s, Gabon's media landscape has undergone dramatic development, with freedom of expression being recognized and guaranteed by law, resulting in media pluralism and diversity. Unfortunately however, there has been a lack of attention awarded to the implementation of structures for the training of professionals in communication/media, with the majority of communication professionals being forced to train either on the job or abroad. Furthermore, those individuals who do undertake training are often attracted by the more favourable conditions of employment within the...

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia now guarantees freedom of information and freedom of expression within its Constitution. A structured and vibrant media environment is therefore required in order to fully take advantage of these new legal developments. The Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTV) is currently the most widely transmitted station in the country. It encounters difficulties however, in obtaining adequate assistance from its partners and this is partly due to a lack training among its staff members. This project therefore aims to tackle this issue by providing a...

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...

Although the war has now ended in many parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Sud-Kivu province continues to endure confrontation between rival groups, with women and young people among the main victims subjected to rape, mutilation and other acts of extreme violence. The absence of community media combined with the expense of other forms of media in this area mean that many of its largely impoverished inhabitants do not have access to information. This project aims to give a voice to these individuals by setting up a radio station capable of serving thirteen villages...

Although major advances have been made in increasing media diversity and pluralism in Eastern Africa, some countries in the region continue to be subject to repressive media laws and policies curtailing media freedom. Such laws and policies create a restrictive environment for media practitioners, and impinge media development in the long term. Therefore a progressive campaign for just and democratic media laws is necessary if Eastern Africa is to make a successful transition to democracy. This project will assist in developing a network of media practitioners campaigning for media law...

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...

In recent years the media environment in Equatorial Guinea has undergone a number of developments leading to greater freedom of expression and improved media freedom. However, unlike neighbouring countries which have witnessed a proliferation of media organizations, Equatorial Guinea has only two television channels, four radio stations, and a handful of newspapers which are not published on a regular basis. This is partly accounted for by a lack of trained media professionals, with less than 4% of those employed by the national television station (TVGE) having undergone university...

Daystar University in Kenya and the University of Makerere in Uganda have been recognized as leading mass media training institutions in East Africa. However, as the media sector responds to technological advances and the emergence of new media, there is increasing pressure on the universities to mirror this trend and re-examine their curriculum. There is also a need to upgrade the teaching capacity of their staff members and provide training on the new trends and technologies which have emerged in recent times. This project will align the training programmes of each higher education...

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...

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