Regions: Arab States

Institutional capacity of Sudan’s first educational institution dedicated to Press and Printing Technology enhanced through capacity building of teachers through two training workshops, improving the curricula and upgrading the equipment and building up digital media resource centre.

The immediate objective is to support 25 illiterate women from the South-East region of Tunisia in their contribution to local development by heightening the visibility of their projects.

Since the beginning of the Moroccan protests in February 2011, in which citizens took to the streets to demand genuine democratic reform and respect for human rights, numerous protesters have been attacked by law enforcement officials. Likewise, a large number of media professionals, both Moroccan and foreign, have suffered and continue to suffer from the violent reactions of a regime that practises information control. Since its creation in 2010, OFIE has been aware of a large number of cases and has received complaints from numerous victims. However, it often finds itself faced with a...

The post-revolution media sector in Tunisia has entered an uncertain stage, characterised by a lack of clear regulation and confusion about ethical standards. Most media professionals do not differentiate between criticism and defamation, while some managers incite their employees to go beyond ethical limits in order to increase audience size. Unfortunately, there is no press council to ensure self-regulation. The unethical behaviour of Tunisian media workers leads to distrust amongst ordinary citizens for mainstream media.
 
To address this issue, the Tunis Centre for Press...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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