Regions: Asia and the Pacific

Penama Province has recently undergone a major shift in its institutional framework for development. An economic development policy was institutionalised into a policy by virtue of a 2006 Resolution of the Provincial Council with the aim of mobilising local capacities. It resulted in the formulation of the PAID Programme (Penama Agro-Industry Development Programme). There is also a parallel programme between the provincial government and the Vanuatu Renewable Power Energy and Power Association (VANREPA) in providing renewable energy throughout the province to support the industrialisation...

The Republic of Palau is an archipelago chain of nearly 300 islands of which only 9 of the islands are inhabited. Due to the unique land and marine environment, only the PBS AM frequency is able to reach distant/isolated communities. However, the existing AM transmitter and antenna equipment have long out-lived their expected life cycle and maintenance costs exceed performance outcomes. The AM frequency no longer reaches 6 remote islands representing 40% of the population. The recent relocation of Government to the Northern Melekeok State increased the percentage of the population losing...

The media rather poorly serves the North and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. There are two dailies, Valampuri and Thunakkural and neither local television nor radio. All programmes are transmitted from Colombo, aim at upcountry people and are manned by the government. While Internet connectivity exists, it is far from adequate. In these areas, the media is not free; it is closely censored by the national authorities and endowed with automatic self-censorship. While some daily papers may be available, there are neither weeklies nor magazines for the majority of Tamil-speaking people of the...

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...

Many journalists in South Asia operate in open conflict environments such as Sri Lanka and Nepal, while others are subject to harassment, intimidation and violence by those attempting to silence them, as in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India. Despite laws that protect journalists' rights in many countries of South Asia, a culture of impunity is forming for many who violate journalists' safety and rights that, if left to go unchecked, will have a devastating impact on freedom of expression and press freedom across the region. In order to stem the culture of impunity, it is...

The project addresses the needs of radio and TV journalists, particularly science journalists in Asia- Pacific. Their reach and influence in the region are extensive, but they provide scant reporting on science issues and developments. Two recent events highlight the need for better communication and popularisation of science issues in the developing world. First is the spread of avian influenza or bird flu. While the warning spread rapidly, journalists and other science communicators needed to put the threat into an appropriate scientific perspective, and to encourage individuals,...

The overwhelming majority of population in the Republic of Tajikistan is not aware of the basic human rights and could not assert them if necessary. The human rights (HR) issues are not well covered in the mass media, much due to ignorance about the existing instruments, law and rights. According to an assessment carried out by Tajik Association of Independent Electronic Mass Media (TAIEMM) in 2005, only a limited number (less than 10%) of all editorial staff and journalists in local, regional and national media knows the basic principles of human rights. The other 90% are unaware of HR...

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...

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