IPDC project priority: Promoting Freedom of Expression and Media Pluralism

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 2013 Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders, Thailand ranks 135 out of 179. Thailand’s media industry faces different challenges such as media conglomeration, concentrated media ownership, lack of competition among media stakeholders and vertical integration. Furthermore, the relationship between media conglomerates and politicians may sometimes result in media’s self- censorship on sensitive issues. Major government agencies such as the Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Air Forces, Mass Communications Organization of Thailand (MCOT) and the Government Public Relations...

The aim of the project is to strengthen the professional capacity of the community-radio journalists and broadcast presenters involved in collecting, processing and disseminating radio information; it seeks to strengthen the institutional framework of community radio stations by providing a solid basis for their independence, and thereby contributing towards the promotion of freedom of expression, the pluralism of ideas, and the diversity and quality of information provided to local communities. 

In the last 20 years, Viet Nam’s media landscape has expanded rapidly in terms of platforms, publications, journalists and audience. As at February 2013, the media landscape comprised a national news agency, a national television broadcaster (VTV), digital and cable television broadcasters (VTC and VCTV), a national and international radio broadcaster (VOV), 64 provincial and municipal radio and TV stations, 812 print media house with more than 1,084 publications, 74 online newspapers, 336 social networks and thousands of portals of associations, unions and enterprises. The media has...

The political transformation in the 1990s in Tanzania led to the new development in the media sector – with the increased number of both print and electronic media. Twenty years after the country’s independence, Tanzania is ranked as having one of the highest levels of can boost itself for being one of the counties with the most of the media concentration in the region. The way journalism has grown in Tanzania in the past decade is truly phenomenal. From the five state –party owned newspapers and one radio station in 1992, the industry now boasts of 20 daily papers, 53 weeklies and 42...

Along with more and more attention paid to the development of media and culture in China, the landscape for the dissemination of information and the promotion of freedom of expression has been changed by technological innovation, legal protection and political encouragement. Although China’s media environment has grown explosively over the past few years, the legal framework under which the media operates remains underdeveloped. It is therefore essential to pay more attention on the development of Chinese legal framework for media and freedom of expression.
 
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Statistics gathered by UNESCO, as well as by other organisations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Sans Frontières, the International News Safety Institute (INSI), the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) and the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) all testify to the staggering number of journalists and media workers killed while performing their professional duties. In Malawi, journalists face risks in the process of collecting and disseminating news. The risks become higher when the country is experiencing social unrest, journalists become a...

Mongolia is a country with a wide diversity of media outlets (more than 400) with the domination of private commercially-run media. The term community media is not widely accepted by the society and it is often associated with public service media. Community media as internationally accepted is not recognized by law in Mongolia, and no spectrum is reserved for the community broadcasters. 
 
Therefore, in Mongolia community radio is still at pioneering stage. Precursors to community radio were some local radios registered last decade with NGOs (such as Visually Impaired People’s...

The establishment of Community media in various localities of Zambia has allowed communities to have a platform to discuss and offer solutions to issues of importance to their community. Communities can receive and share information relevant to their daily needs on the community media, and can be afforded an opportunity to have their views heard on the developmental decisions being taken in their area.
 
Recently, there have been some positive strides in the media sector in Zambia such as the establishing of an Independent regulator the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA...

The advancement and ease of access to information technology has accelerated the already pervasive influence of media to the extent that the media has become a major factor in shaping people's ideas, values, concepts and behavior. In a country like Nepal, which is so diverse in terms of gender, caste, religion, ethnicity and language, Media can be a powerful tool to enable Women, Dalits, and other marginalized and excluded communities to be heard by mainstream society.
 
In a plural society, every section of society should have the right to express their opinion and it is the...

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