IPDC project priority: Promoting Freedom of Expression and Media Pluralism

The Republic of Nicaragua has 11 recognized ethnic groups such as: the Miskitos, Mayagnas, Ramas, Garífunas, Ulwas, Creoles and Mestizos who populate the Autonomous Regions in the Caribbean Coast (RAAN and RAAS). The Chorotegas, Cacaoperas, Nahoas, Xiu-Sutiabas indigenous groups as well as mixedrace population live in Nicaragua’s Pacific Centre and North region (RCN).
 
The Law 445 on the System of Communal Ownership of Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Communities of the Autonomous Regions of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua and the Bocay, Coco, Indio and Maíz Rivers was enacted in...

Harassment, intimidation and physical threats against journalists and media professionals have increased in the Occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) during the first six months of year 2013 – according to Mada violations report. 113 violations were registered 54.4% of them were committed by the Israeli occupation and the rest were committed by the security apparatuses in Gaza Strip and West Bank. Violations against bloggers and social media activists have increased in the past year. The violations took the form of investigations, imprisonment, prevention of coverage, prevention of travel...

In the face of heightening local and international concerns about the Liberia media being in harms way, this project is intended to research the safety issues impacting media practice using the UNESCO indicators. Among other things, four regional cluster sampling will be used as one strategy of gathering data to be analyzed and published. Cluster 1 will include River Gee, Grand Kru, Sinoe and Maryland who will be hosted in Grand Gedeh. Cluster 2 will include Nimba, Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Lofa to be hosted in Gbarnga, Bong County. Cluster 3 will include Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bomi who...

2013 was yet another year marked by violence and impunity of crimes against media workers in Mexico and Central America. Freedom of expression continues to be threatened by factice power in Guatemala. Impunity prevails while the organized crime infiltrates public entities. The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion stressed the need for adequate protection and safety measures for journalists. Freedom of the press in Honduras is practiced in a hostile environment and in conditions of insecurity. The political crisis following the coup d’état 2009 has aggravated threats...

The issues in the Palestinian media of overemphasising politics and of overlooking and marginalizing the socio-economic needs of local groups exist nationwide. This has consequently led to the absence of the concept of “citizen journalism” as well as at the grassroots level. Media capacity is not being used and employed for lobbying towards development and socioeconomic needs of people at the grassroots/locality/district level. No social media/bloggers synergies for development are formed and built up, even no influential or collective efforts are available.
 
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Evidence increasingly points in the direction of growing threats to the safety of journalists in Nigeria. This is highlighted by the claim by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the trade union and professional umbrella body of thousands of practicing journalists in Nigeria, that 13 journalists were killed in the course of assignments in the year 2012, representing the highest so far since the country’s independence in 1960. This is beside other forms of attacks, threats and intimidation. However, despite this apparent evidence, an outstanding problem is that of the absence of an...

This project proposal addresses the lack of professional capacities of science media workers and the lack of science media associations in the Balkan region. As a regional journalist association BASJ is to establish itself as an independent entity. BASJ is striving to improve the standards of science journalism in the Balkan region and South East Europe in printed and electronic media, through focusing on cross-border exchange and implementation of good practice. By organizing formal and informal education for young science journalists, BASJ will promote online education, and will enable...

Globally, the consistent deterioration affecting freedom of expression has become increasingly clear during the recent years. When freedom of expression is suppressed and concerns are voiced out as cited in many sources, the Journalists pay the price for their safety. This scenario is not an exception in the countries of the Central Asian Republics.
 
Cutting through the different geographic or technological differences, there is a core link as enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights for freedom of expression ,transparency, judicial independence where broad...

The Republic of Palau is a developing democratic island nation in the North Pacific. Its media development has been slow since its independence. The nation’s media consists of only four radio stations, 2 newspapers, and one local television cable company. There is only one local television station.
 
Access to media translates to access for only those in the main population area and for television, it is all for pay, cable-based. This means television is only for those with the financial ability to pay for it. Further, the nation’s only cable company is owned by the government...

The media involved in the environmental field increasingly. Print, radio and television can play a major role in raising awareness of environmental problems. They can be a powerful educational tool in the field of environment and especially climate change. Journalists and the news media play a decisive role in creating awareness of threats to the environment and its effects on the material conditions of life. They can help to change people’s attitudes and thus counteract global warming or desertification. They have an equally important role to play in the combat to preserve the world’s...

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