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The advancement and ease of access to information technology has accelerated the already pervasive influence of media to the extent that the media has become a major factor in shaping people's ideas, values, concepts and behavior. In a country like Nepal, which is so diverse in terms of gender, caste, religion, ethnicity and language, Media can be a powerful tool to enable Women, Dalits, and other marginalized and excluded communities to be heard by mainstream society.
 
In a plural society, every section of society should have the right to express their opinion and it is the...

The advancement and ease of access to information technology has accelerated the already pervasive influence of media to the extent that the media has become a major factor in shaping people's ideas, values, concepts and behavior. In a country like Nepal, which is so diverse in terms of gender, caste, religion, ethnicity and language, Media can be a powerful tool to enable Women, Dalits, and other marginalized and excluded communities to be heard by mainstream society.
 
In a plural society, every section of society should have the right to express their opinion and it is the...

In 2008, the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh passed the RTI Ordinance. The subsequent ratification of the Ordinance resulted in the adoption of the RTI Act 2009 by Bangaldesh’s present Government. One of the most important and potentially far-reaching legislations enacted by the Parliament of Bangladesh, the Act was a major step towards enabling access to information and promoting freedom of expression, press freedom, good governance and transparency. The campaign for the right to information (RTI) in the country has been a long and ongoing one, waged by journalists, development workers...

Community media or the third tier of broadcasting is increasingly being regarded as an essential tool for good governance, transparency, accountability and a means for reaching less accessible social groups. The potential contribution of community media is particularly significant in land-locked countries like Bhutan, with mountainous and sometimes inaccessible terrain, a modest but scattered population, and marked urban-rural disparities.
 
In 2010, the Royal Government of Bhutan partnered with UNESCO to conduct a Media Development Assessment (MDA) to assess the country’s...

Ravaya is a, journalist-owned newspaper in Sri Lanka that has, for over a quarter century, has withstood the political pressures to which almost all the vernacular press has capitulated to. Ravaya has a proud record of standing – and fighting – for justice, fairness and equality in the finest traditions of journalism with peer scrutiny and responsiveness to the readers. It continues to do so during the post conflict turbulent period where authorities and privately owned newspapers have been arousing triumphalist anti-minority attitudes among the majority Sinhala community. In an atmosphere...

Thirty years after the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), many girls and women in the Commonwealth do not have equal opportunities to exercise rights recognised by law. In many countries, women are still not entitled to own property or inherit land. Social exclusion, “honour” killings, female genital mutilation, trafficking, rape, restricted mobility and early marriage among others, combine to deny women the right to health and increase illness and death for women throughout their life-course.
 
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Ninety four journalists have been killed in Pakistan during last decade out of which 38 were shot dead in target killing. In 2012, eleven journalists including one TV channel driver were killed in three provinces, Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of the country as impunity against Pakistani media rises to unacceptable levels. According to the figures compiled by the Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) eight Pakistani journalists have been killed up to June this year. Due to this alarming situation, Pakistan has been identified as one of the focus countries for the UN’s Plan of...

Pakistan has emerged as one of the deadliest countries for local journalists in last couple of years. The journalists face various dangers not only during covering assignments, but also the digital security of the journalists is constantly under threat. This loophole in digital security was widespread when the journalist Saleem Shehzad got murdered brutally. Saleem Shehzad was a contributor to an international online publication, and as reported his browsing records and information of sources was leaked through the hacking of his account, which looked suspicious to particular groups;...

In order for journalism to serve as a tool that fosters sustainable development, media professionals need to possess the right skills and equipment that allows them to develop communication strategies that serve their community. The capacity building of media professionals must be geared towards developing approaches that promote dialogue for the solution of social problems.
 
Capacity building for media professionals is often not readily available making the lack of communication yet another obstacle for development. It is imperative that media professionals around the globe...

Globally, the consistent deterioration affecting freedom of expression has become increasingly clear during the recent years. When freedom of expression is suppressed and concerns are voiced out as cited in many sources, the Journalists pay the price for their safety. This scenario is not an exception in the countries of the Central Asian Republics.
 
Cutting through the different geographic or technological differences, there is a core link as enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights for freedom of expression ,transparency, judicial independence where broad...

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