IPDC Project source of funds: IPDC Special account

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...

Media plays a very important role in our daily life. Media helps form our social values. Partnering with private sector organizations including the media, UN Women has been promoting the use of media, especially social media, as a powerful tool to advocate for elimination of violence against women and promote gender equality. The media – the twelfth critical area of concern in the Beijing Platform for Action – is one of the most important yet challenging areas of work for advancing gender equality particularly in the media. As legislated discrimination against women falls away in most...

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 project proposes to encourage and assist Argentine newsrooms in making use of ethical considerations in everyday editorial decisions, strengthening self-regulation of the media. In 2006 the Forum for Argentine Journalism (FOPEA), a nationwide grouping of independent journalists, adopted the country’s first comprehensive ethics code. Nevertheless, a 2011 survey of 943 journalists by FOPEA found that more than 75% of news outlets did not have a code of ethics and 91% of the journalists knew of ethically questionable practices in their newsroom. Since 2006, FOPEA has also observed that...

With the recurring conflicts in the sub-region, and the politico-military upheavals in CAR in particular, forms of violence against women have increased in number and gravity. And yet most women experience scenes of violence within their own homes. Such violence makes women and young girls vulnerable and suppresses any desire or capacity to seek emancipation and financial independence. This project proposes to raise public awareness of violence against women by reinforcing the investigation methods of female journalists.

The media development in Sierra Leone has improved through the practice of plurality and liberalization with local newspapers and several radio stations country-wide. There are about eighty registered newspapers and only one public service broadcaster (SLBC) and about forty Community radio stations including Radio Bontico with various diversified radio programs for their targeted audience. Sierra Leone is a country that enjoys freedom of expression in its dissemination of information. The category of Media requested for support by this project is our rural community inhabitants whose...

Mexico is one of the most challenging countries for journalists in Latin America. In 2012, ARTICLE 19, Office for Mexico and Central America documented 207 aggressions against journalists, press workers and media organisations. This number represents 20.34% on top of what was registered the previous year.
 
The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of impunity underlines the importance of the Judiciary on the protection and promotion of press freedom as well as on the fight against impunity.
 
Improving the understanding of the UN and Inter-...

The comprehensive and all-inclusive agreement signed in Pretoria, South Africa in 2002 within the framework of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue brought an end to the long period of conflict which had been ongoing in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1996. It marked the beginning of a process of political transition and the pacification of the country, both of which are issues on with the Congolese media are not neutral. While it is true that the country now enjoys media pluralism, instances of abuse are frequent due to the lack of neutrality and objectivity in the media. Hence the need to...

Although Sierra Leone has seen a proliferation of new community radio stations, most of these stations were started and managed by people with little or no training in broadcasting. As a result, these stations lack experienced and adequately trained staff, which limits the production of well-researched, balanced and professional programming. In particular, most lack the skills to produce professional programmes on accountability/transparency issues targeting local government institutions.
 
In response to the need for citizens to be adequately informed about government...

In Paraguay, mass media is concentrated in the hands of 7 business groups. This represents an obstacle for the true achievement of the right to freedom of the press and the right to freely disseminate ideas and opinions, as stated in the National Constitution. Paraguay has five national daily newspapers and another published five days a week; several commercial and community radio station, 1 public radio; 6 private TV channels, and 2 public TV channels. Information is increasingly being disseminated through social networks and on online newspapers. These alternative means, however, don’t...

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