IPDC Project source of funds: IPDC Special account

With ongoing politico-military upheavals in CAR, forms of violence against women have increased in number and gravity. Moreover, 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 in CAR 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-...

While the DRC has begun to enjoy media pluralism, instances of abuse are frequent due to the lack of neutrality and objectivity in the media. This project will therefore provide Congolese media professionals with training concerning peace journalism in order to promote their awareness of their role in the ongoing peace and reconciliation process, to strengthen their capacity and understanding with regard to conflict-related issues. and to acquaint them with the standards and principles upon which peace journalism is based.

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...

Jordan is home to one of the fastest growing Internet populations in the world. Over half the population has access to a smartphone, making the Internet an important space for average citizens to access news, engage in discussions, blog, publish videos and photos, and organize and mobilize as groups. In just 5 years, local electronic news (e-news) websites have grown to become the primary source of breaking news for most Jordanians. However, this has been accompanied by threats to individuals’ privacy and censorship attempts by the state. In mid-2012, the Press and Publications Law was...

VGK FM is one of the rare radio stations in the Plateaux region. It transmits within a very limited broadcast range of 15 km and only covers the town of Palimé, and a few, small, nearby villages. The vast majority of the districts in the coffee and cocoa triangle are therefore not covered by VGK FM and are victims of the decline in coverage that is observed as one moves away from Lomé, the capital, to the north of Togo. To compensate for this lack of technical resources, which limits the range of coverage of the VGK FM station, to strengthen the technical and operational capacity of the...

In recent years, Uruguay has experienced a significant advance in updating its laws regarding international standards of freedom of expression. It is currently in the midst of a process of legislative debate regarding a bill on audiovisual media services. If passed, the law could be a major achievement for the democratization of the media system in the country. 
 
Chapter VIII of the bill refers to the "Ethical self-regulation" of the media. Article 138 states an obligation for the media to adopt self-regulatory mechanisms: "The holders of audiovisual media services should...

Traditional media, citizen journalism and community radio have been important in setting the stage for change in Egypt. As the country transitions towards democracy, the media has a higher responsibility to raise awareness on political, social and cultural issues, such as expression of the right to freedom of expression. The massive use of non-professional footage by traditional channels such as Al Jazeera and the fast development of citizen blogs and websites to report on the events has brought an alternative method to hold the government and authorities accountable. Citizens, especially...

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