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Both print and broadcast organisations display a lack in preparation of the young journalists to enable them to improve coverage of the country's newsworthy activities. To date, the two private FM stations only broadcast music and entertainment programmes. Efforts are on the ground to set up a Journalists' Association of Bhutan that will help in determining the training needs and guide the vision for long-term training in this field. An immense challenge facing the media today is professional training of journalists and limited knowledge on how to report news, feature stories,...

The Nauru Media Bureau faces problems of a limited client base, very old or damaged equipment, lack of staff with appropriate journalism and production skills/experience. The application seeks funding to obtain high-level training from recognized regional providers on best-use and maintenance of equipment, basic journalism skills for news collection and broadcasting, and the production of radio and TV programmes. Nauru had 17 changes of administration between 1989 and 2003. The lack of access to information and source of news on Government has been identified as a major cause of unstable...

The Afghan media has made considerable progress since the downfall of the Taliban. The magazine, ROZ?founded in 2002, is one of the first magazines in the country to have been created by Afghan women for Afghan women. Since its foundation, it has actively sought to provide Afghan women with information on all aspects of their daily lives, while affording them a long-denied opportunity for access to culture. ROZ's staff have all been trained and have evolved with the magazine. Currently boasting a circulation of 6,000, the magazine has earned a reputation for quality as well as a loyal...

While the FSM does have some semblance of a mass media in the form of limited newspapers and international cable television, radio remains the most effective, affordable and accessible media forum for the majority of the population in the FSM, including Yap. Yap has only one government-run radio station, which also operates a free television channel provided to the State government through a cable television agreement with the FSM Telecommunications Corporation. Both the radio (AM and FM) and the television channel are operated by the Division of Media, which, for the most part, is free to...

Print press in Bangladesh is pluralist and free. Broadcasting includes private satellite and radio channels. But many media do not respect media ethics. The media in Bangladesh is now virtually acting like the Fourth Estate. Despite all the freedom and 'fourth estate' status, one seldom sees any investigative and in-depth reporting in either newspaper or in television. Even those reports, which are printed with an investigative report tag, are not investigative reports in true sense, since the ingredients of investigative reports are missing from those stories. Lack of training for...

Sri Lanka is in urgent need of media that strengthens diversity and pluralism. However, a well-known litany of issues prevents media in Sri Lanka from doing so, ranging from political interference to editorial bias. The journalists who have been trained on impartial, accurate and responsible reporting, often find themselves alienated by a deep-rooted organisational culture that is inimical to professional standards of journalism. There are also fears of political backlash for taking on issues in the public interest. The media also has very limited engagement in young people, especially...

In September 2005, femLINKpacific opened the doors of its pilot community media centre in the capital city, Suva, which has served as an important base for the channelling of information to and from local communities. Through this project, femLINK now plans to strengthen its community empowerment programme in two key rural communities by assisting them in establishing and managing their mobile community radio units ('Radio in suitcase ') housed in a community multimedia centre (CMC). Communities will be initially equipped with information-communication resources to develop their community...

In view of the upcoming parliamentary elections, this project aims to build the capacity of media practitioners to cover the electoral process in a fair, accurate and balanced manner. The project plans to organize training sessions for at least 120 media professionals from at least five districts of Nepal. In the selection of participants, priority will be given to practitioners from remote areas and from minority or underrepresented groups. The project activities will develop skills and enable the media practitioners and media houses to contribute to the transitional democratic process by...

The province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea has passed through an extended period of civil insurrection that has left countless thousands of people dead, injured or internally displaced. The island's infrastructure, especially in the south of the province, has been almost totally shattered, schools and hospitals destroyed, airports closed, towns wrecked, shops looted and transportation links in disarray. During the violence, the province's National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) radio station (Radio Bougainville) left the airwaves after its studios and offices in Kieta were razed. The...

Since the early nineties, there are only two media organisations on Niue keeping the population upto- date with news, current affairs and community developments. Whilst the government-owned Broadcasting Corporation of Niue provides TV and radio services, the Niue Star provides a weekly newspaper in Niuean with English translation. During the devastating cyclone Heta, the Niue Star office in central Alofi suffered extensive damage resulting in loss of plant, equipment and historical records. Soon after, the production and office administration was relocated to Auckland until such time Niue...

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