IPDC project priority: Promoting Freedom of Expression and Media Pluralism

Pakistan has emerged as one of the deadliest countries for local journalists in last couple of years. The journalists face various dangers not only during covering assignments, but also the digital security of the journalists is constantly under threat. This loophole in digital security was widespread when the journalist Saleem Shehzad got murdered brutally. Saleem Shehzad was a contributor to an international online publication, and as reported his browsing records and information of sources was leaked through the hacking of his account, which looked suspicious to particular groups;...

Nearly 9 in 10 female Ugandans live in rural areas and rely on community media for information. However, only about one in 10 of the country’s community media reporters, producers and anchors are women. In order to address this gender imbalance, this project will raise awareness about gender issues and encourage women to actively participate in their communities, particularly as media professionals and leaders. The activities shall be implemented by the Community Media Network of Uganda (COMNETU). A series of 3-day workshops will be held on human rights and gender, community media and...

In order for journalism to serve as a tool that fosters sustainable development, media professionals need to possess the right skills and equipment that allows them to develop communication strategies that serve their community. The capacity building of media professionals must be geared towards developing approaches that promote dialogue for the solution of social problems.
 
Capacity building for media professionals is often not readily available making the lack of communication yet another obstacle for development. It is imperative that media professionals around the globe...

Many girls and women in East Africa do not have equal opportunities to exercise their legally-recognised rights and face social exclusion, “honour” killings, female genital mutilation, trafficking, restricted mobility and early marriage. Broadcasting organisations, which play a central role in shaping public perceptions of gender, can either worsen the situation (by portraying stereotypical, sensational images of women) or ameliorate it (by providing balanced coverage that empowers women, while exposing acts of gender bias); in recent years, East African media have mostly been doing the...

Journalism and media play a crucial role in the support of democracy, human rights and good governance through the promotion of transparency and freedom of expression. However, the ability to exercise freedom of expression is of little value if journalists cannot carry it out safely. Media cannot exercise its role as a platform for democratic discourse if journalists or media organizations are regularly subject to surveillance threats, harassment or physical attack.
 
When crimes against journalists are committed by a state or extra-legal forces, legal action must be taken...

Community reporting has never been a priority in Lesotho. The media is based in the capital city of Maseru and rural voices are rarely heard. Rural communities only make the news in negative stories or when a government official comes to officiate a development initiative. Given the increase in social and political problems in rural Lesotho, it is becoming more and more critical for rural communities to have an alternative media platform where they can have their voices heard and can discuss their own issues and possible solutions.
 
Lesotho’s only community radio station,...

None of Belize’s junior colleges and universities provides formal educational training in journalism. However, the demand for such media personnel has been steadily growing in recent years with more and more media houses opening. The country is at a stage now where each of the six districts in Belize has at least one television station and print media establishment. Belize City, the commercial capital, has no less than four major newspaper establishments, three major television stations, and numerous radio stations. Within all these media establishments it is estimated that some 250...

Khorixas, with an estimated population of 68,735 people, is one of the lest developed parts of Namibia. This town and the neighbouring villages receive no daily newspapers and only intermittent radio coverage from one state-owned station. Khorixas therefore lacks a community platform to discuss development and social issues in a pluralistic, accessible and democratic way and is isolated from regional, national and international affairs.
 
There have been recurring and unmitigated resource-based conflicts over the years between the region’s diverse communities. In addition, the...

Ownership of media across the Caribbean region is mixed between private and state operators skewed towards the former. There is a multiplicity of media outlets and formats: daily/weekly newspapers, radio and television stations; internet/blogs; and national and community-based media.
 
Most of the media markets in CARICOM have state regulators for the electronic media sector as well as libel/defamation laws on their books. In recent times, national, regional and international media trade/professional associations have been advocating the relaxation of the libel laws across the...

Valley FM is a community-based radio that broadcasts from Worcester, Western Cape, where radio is the most accessible and cost-effective communication medium for the mostly farm-dwelling residents. As of 2013, the station had 121,000 listeners across 28 towns in a region where community issues are marginalized in media coverage by the national broadcaster. Valley FM broadcasts in three languages - Afrikaans (80%), isiXhosa (15%) and English (5%) – and covers local concerns that may not feature in national news, such as domestic violence and teenage pregnancy. The station also has a strong...

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