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In Tunisia, both the print press and broadcasting were tightly controlled by public authorities. The mainstream press toed the party line and authorities regularly blocked access to alternate news sources. In the wake of the January 2011 popular revolt, many journalists have been able to enjoy new-found freedoms. The new government will now be faced with the difficult task of ensuring a smooth democratic transition, involving: 1) Creating a favourable environment for the media to fulfil their democratic potential will be essential in this process. 2) Putting in place new media laws. These...

Media in Egypt occupy a highly influential position within the Arab world, and on a superficial level Egyptian journalists enjoy the right to exercise press freedom, as guaranteed within its Constitution. The reality under the governance of Hosni Mubarak however, saw the press regularly subject to restrictive laws which violated international press freedom standards. In Tunisia too, both the print press and broadcasting media were under tight government control, with President Ben Ali's authorities controlling access to news sources and ensuring online censorship. The recent popular...

Angola, a country that only recently emerged from 30 years of a devastating civil war, is in the midst of reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts. The government is developing and introducing positive reforms in the political and economic spheres.Politicians and civil society organisations members are pressing the government to open its activities until it holds in 2007 Angola's second election since 1992. Central to this effort is the development of vibrant and free media capable of fairly and objectively examining the issues of the day and informing the public so that the latter is...

Guatemala is a multiethnic, multilingual and multicultural nation that is still emerging from and struggling with the legacy of its 36-year civil war. The inequities and discrimination that helped fuel the repression of the war years still affect the country, particularly in the autochthonous highlands provinces that bore the brunt of the civil conflict. In part as a result, Guatemala suffers from the world's third most unequal distribution of wealth, with poorly developed and underfunded public education, especially in rural, autochthonous areas. Roughly 60 % of Guatemalans are...

Equatorial Guinea is at a vital stage of its democratic process, and for close to a decade now, the country has been experiencing a proliferation of ideas and opinions indicating that Equato-Guineans are enjoying a certain degree of freedom of expression, freedom of opinion and media pluralism, which are all tenets of democracy. However, despite the inclusion of these freedoms in the country's Constitution, democratic institutions are still very fragile and the protection of these rights is not always ensured. To consolidate this nascent democracy, the media, as a key player in any...

This project, through two-tier approach (monitoring and training), aims to assist communication professionals in the professionalisation of their activities with a view to achieving the production of responsible, high-quality journalism for the benefit of the Togolese population. To assist Togolese communication professionals in their endeavour, it was felt that a self-regulatory body akin to a tribunal of peers was needed. Thus the creation of the Observatoire Togolais des Médias (OTM, Togolese Media Observatory), whose role is to closely monitor the observance of ethical standards by...

The project aims to host the SODEMA website for a period of one year, and to provide ongoing maintenance of the SODEMA website over the same period. The SODEMA website ensures democracy by contributing to the free flow of information for the media. The reference link, for example, gives journalists the legal framework within which to defend their rights. The website also provides a forum for free expression, since it is a public site open to all incoming contributions. The site allows journalists who are geographically dispersed to exchange views on common concerns and goals, thereby...

The Republic of Congo is a post-conflict country that experienced considerable infrastructure loss during 1997/2003, and saw its national television (Tele-Congo) and radio (Radio-Brazzaville) severely damaged. Outdated media equipment and training, lack of transportation and logistic infrastructure (vehicles, funds for fuel etc.) often limit the coverage of media-worthy events. As an emerging democracy with just the second series of elections after the late 1990s civil conflicts, it is time to concretise the contribution that responsible and well-equipped media outlets can play in the...

Although Radio Mauritanie's sound archives constitute a precious source of information, access to them is limited on account of their deplorable state, which renders their exploitation difficult, and in some cases, even impossible. Fully aware of the importance and urgency of preserving its archives, Radio Mauritanie has already completed the digitization of 50 magnetic tapes. These tapes were selected for their poor physical state and the frequency of their use. In terms of digitization equipment, Radio Mauritanie already possesses tape recorders, a Dalet platform and digital audio...

The situation of HIV/AIDS is becoming extremely serious in Ethiopia. According to the ministry of Health (2004), 900 000 people have died since the beginning of the epidemic and more than 1.5 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in the country. In addition to the widespread cultural obstacles, misconceptions and inadequate knowledge about HIV/AIDS among the community have contributed to the widening the scope of the epidemic. So far, media interventions have mainly focused on the dissemination of information about HIV/AIDS. The media however, can play a crucial role in...

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