Regions: Asia and the Pacific

Fundamental rights in South Asia have never been at a stage where constitutional guarantees of human rights and promises made by governments have translated into strong practices in reality. Across the region, the repression of dissent, the intolerance of alternative narratives and the clamping down on free media and the freedom of expression pose significant challenges to sustainable development, political stability, good governance and ultimately, the timbre of democracy. Cultural values and norms coupled with extremist nationalism, mono-ethnic majoritarianism and populist religious...

As a new nation, Timor Leste still needs much assistance and intervention from outside, including in the field of media. Even though some media were established shortly after the country was no longer under Indonesian occupation in 1999, the media organisations and professionals are still faced with lack of professionalism. This situation is also faced by the radio sector. In East Timor, it consists of one public broadcaster, independent from government by law but governmentfunded: RTTL Radio Timor Leste (RTL and TVTL), and about a dozen community radio stations. These were established...

The last two decades have witnessed increased freedom for the print media and liberalisation of the broadcasting section in Pakistan. Today, more than 1000 dailies, weeklies and magazines are being published in the country, while more than 172 licenses have been issued to private FM radio stations and TV channels. Similarly, Internet use is increasing at an astounding rate. Some seven million Pakistanis in more than 1000 cities, towns and rural centres are connected to the Internet. Recently, newspapers publishers have been authorised to open their TV channels. However, freedom of...

Pakistani media continues to face pressures from the government authorities, political and other groups. In addition to other punitive measures, the government has increased the use of advertising as a lever to pressure publications. Pakistani journalists also continue to face incidents of violence by political, ethnic and religious groups. Despite these problems, a wide range of publications provide a diverse and critical coverage of national and international affairs. A large number of television and radio stations have also opened up in the private sector, ending decades of government...

Accurate and balanced environmental information is important for the Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The region's ecosystem is fragile and all five countries depend on each other in environmental security. The key challenges of environmental web journalism in Central Asia are poor information sourcing and research skills, poor skills in writing web news, and lack of environmental expertise. With the above situation in mind, the aim of this project proposal to IPDC is to (i) develop training materials on the Basics of Environmental...

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...

This project aims to identify and document broadcasting models where public service and community-based broadcasting are interlinked, and then develop a community-based partnership strategy with mainstream media to effectively promote the UN Millennium Development Goals (UNMDGs). The research will focus on India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. A sourcebook for communicators will be published at the end of this research and consultation, with a view to informing Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) systems and community broadcasters on concrete...

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...

Over the past fours years, independent media in Afghanistan has made significant developments, particularly in radio broadcasting. Research has shown that women have a high listening power when it comes to radio. However, they remain under-represented, both as target audiences and creators of radio programming. There are 4 women-run radio stations in Afghanistan which, while successful, go a small distance towards fully integrating gender relations in the broadcasting sector. The training, design and implementation of a 'Women at Work' Radio Programme entitled Mirror of Women in 5...

With the success of CMC model in Tansen and for that matter in Nepal, the demand from the neighbouring villages has tremendously increased, not only to address the development issues and disseminate knowledge, but also to build the skills and capacity of ICTs. This model helps create media literacy with the community's participation. With many years of experience in this field and available human resources, CMC Tansen wants to replicate the same model in the entire Palpa Districts to the benefit of marginalised and disadvantaged community groups. The proposed solution is to build on...

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