IPDC project priority: Promoting Freedom of Expression and Media Pluralism

This project promotes the indigenous peoples’ right to to all forms of media and to produce their own media content, through building the capacity of the networks’ members in journalism skills and creating platforms and means for them to reach out to other relevant stakeholders.

There are approximately 26 radio stations currently operating in Jamaica. Of this amount the vast majority are commercial entities focused on pop culture and headline news content. Less than ten are community broadcasters and even so, they are struggling to meet basic bills for light and equipment let alone investments in content development and capacity development. Whereas these stations are hugely popular in their communities, their lack of broadcast skills and capacity, prevents them from providing the communication support for community development required by their citizens.
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The project will contribute to the promotion of freedom of expression, opinion and information in Pakistan by providing safety and security training to journalists and media professionals in conflict riddled Balochistan, Southern Punjab and Sindh provinces of Pakistan., PPF will pay special attention to provide safety training to provincial journalists working in geographical areas where professional journalism training is weak, helping them to reduce the risks under which they work and to work more safely.

Development Communication Society Nepal (SODEC-Nepal) intends to analyze the causes and consequences of impunity with in-depth analysis of the 35 cases of murdered journalists and the 4 missing journalists. It is anticipated that that this study will pressurize the government and state agencies to take the necessary legal steps to provide justice to the families of the

The Caribbean has a varied level of media development, with Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica being the most sophisticated and Dominica and Guyana the least. Within the territories and countries of CARICOM (the Caribbean Community), there are about 25 local terrestrial stations and 60-100 cable channels. Radio licences exceed 300 and there are more than a dozen daily print newspapers and 5 weekly publications as well as on-line dailies and weeklies, all serving a population of about 6 million. There is a mix of private and state owned broadcasters with the latter dominating in some...

Suriname has 19 television stations, 34 radio stations, 4 newspapers, 9 community radio stations, approximately 10 journals and about 9 new media news sites. The State owns 1 radio station 1 one television station. The rest of the media is privately owned. About 150 journalists are working at the media. The media sector employs mostly ‘self-made’ media workers who largely need to be educated and trained. This need also originates from a strong increase in the number of news media in the previous years and consequently also the number of required journalists. The purpose of the media in...

The UNESCO publication “World Trends of Expression and Media Development” (WTEMD) states that Latin America has very high levels of commercial media concentration. Although efforts are underway to establish anti-monopoly regulations, the process is slow or has failed to generate results. In countries such as Peru, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay, there are intense debates about the need for government intervention in order to avoid monopolization of ownership and control of the media by a small number of groups due to the impact that they have on the quality of democratic debate. ...

The relationship between the press and the judiciary in Argentina, as in other countries, is one that has historically been marked by tension. In the majority of cases, this tension leads neither to the bolstering of freedom of the press nor to the strengthening of the judicial system. Given these two entities' centrality in the democratic landscape of Argentina, the ongoing conflicts between them adversely affects not just the institutions, but also the exercise of democracy itself. 
 
This tension stems equally from structural factors as from factors rooted in the poor...

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