IPDC project priority: Promoting Freedom of Expression and Media Pluralism

Harassment, intimidation and physical threats against journalists and media professionals increased in the Occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) during the first six months of year 2013, with 113 registered violations. Many of these are against women and are concentrated in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, two impoverished areas with limited access to the outside world. This project therefore targets female journalists in Gaza and the West Bank, providing them with counselling as well as awareness-raising and capacity-building sessions in order to contribute to greater female presence and...

The proposed project will address the lack of science media associations and limited professional capacity of science media workers in the Balkan region. BASJ, a newly created regional journalists association, will promote online education and cooperation with other international and regional organizations and institutions in the Balkans. It will offer a 6-month online training course delivered through webinars and online lectures using BASJ's Science Media Network platform. The course will upgrade the skills of 20 journalism trainers, enabling them to teach new media competencies. The...

Palestine lacks a culture of “citizen journalism”, whereby locals use the media in a systematic way to demand socioeconomic development needs at the local/district level. Thousands of journalists, social media activists and bloggers dedicate great efforts to discussing issues and challenges facing their societies but these efforts are often scattered and lack a specific objective.
 
The Wattan Citizen Journalist Network (WCJN) was created to fill this gap. It aims to provide an open, democratic platform for active social media users, bloggers, journalists and reporters in...

This project will use the UNESCO safety indicators to research the safety issues impacting media practice in Liberia, which faces growing local and international concern. There will be a series of Monrovia-based expert interviews and focus group discussions targeting specific professionals with links to these safety issues, organized into four regional clusters.
 
This project is important given the current situation in Liberia. The last ten years have been characterized by peace and democratic renewal, with a growing number of media houses and improvement in media content as...

Iraq ranks as the fourth most corrupt state in the world. Officials routinely steal resources, thereby robbing Iraqis of opportunities to improve the lives of their families and communities. Investigative journalism exposes corruption, enhances transparency and makes officials accountable to the people, all of which leads to the improved performance of government institutions. However, the majority of Baghdad’s media organisations lack the capacity to professionally investigate the actions of government. This project will therefore train 40 local (female) journalists from regional media...

The Central Asian Republics have witnessed a deterioration of freedom of expression in recent years and journalists are paying the price with threats to their safety. Few effective trainings concerning safety are available to journalists working in broadcasting organizations in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. This project aims to fulfil the need for training in order to create awareness about international standards regarding the safety of journalists among journalists themselves as well as among key stakeholders and institutions, so as to promote freedom of expression and media...

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...

The Maroons, a group residing in Jamaica’s Accompong State, face development challenges concerning education and the dissemination of cultural heritage. The establishment of a community media outlet could address these challenges, although this has not been possible due to a lack of adequate financial and human capital. This project therefore seeks to launch a sustainable community radio station in Accompong that will allow residents to formally capture and share their cultural heritage.
 

Since the developing island nation of Palau gained independence, media development has been slow. It has just four radio stations, two newspapers and one state-owned television station. Access is restricted to those in the main population area and, for television, to those who can pay. Furthermore, television programming is subject to government restrictions, with stringent rules governing election coverage.
 
This project will install and train personnel to operate Palau’s first free-to-air television station. With 90% of the population living within the proposed broadcast...

The media have the potential to play a major role in raising awareness about environmental problems and in particular in educating the public about climate change. Doing so can help change attitudes and behaviour, such as the irresponsible dumping of toxic waste, which can help mitigate the effects of climate change.
 
In order for journalists to be able to fulfil this role, they must be familiar with the problems and able to present them in an understandable and interesting way. This is not the case in francophone Africa, where environmental issues are generally not valued (...

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