Regions: Asia and the Pacific

In terms of broadcasting, all stations in Sarawak are either under the Information Ministry or commercial broadcasters, leaving no room for community media. Strong laws such as the Printing Presses and Publications Act and the Official Secrets Act prevent the media from being independent and plural. Communities that lack resources or political connections cannot have their own newspaper or radio station. As a result, there are no community media in any format that exist to support indigenous communities and individuals. Newspapers in Sarawak seldom report on controversies concerning...

In Asia there is need to equip the key country actors and promoters with information resource and bring the general citizenries to a higher level of awareness / understanding about community radio. It is also necessary to train civil society as well as policy makers and local government authorities concept, processes, functioning of community radio. This project seeks to create large pool of trainers in the countries(Bangladesh, Laos, India, Indonesia and Philippines) through a series of training of trainers courses. In this effect, a curriculum for community radio training will be...

Janaagraha sees the opportunities offered by radio to enhance its performance in governance through economically viable means. Community radio stations are expected to produce at least 50% of their programmes locally, to the extent possible in the local language or dialect. While the focus is on developmental programming, there is no explicit ban on entertainment. Centralized one-way broadcasting at various levels of aggregation has limited scope to serve the goals of development, especially in a society characterised by pluralism and diversity, as is the case in India. While private radio...

The mass media in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are mainly servicing the urban minority group, while the bulk of the population, which makes up 85% that lives in the rural sector, is largely ignored of any product of the media. Many media graduates opt for employment in towns and major industries where the conditions are better. There is a felt need to bridge this gap so that information reaches the rural areas. The existing media organisations in PNG have many limitations on their news coverage and are often challenged by lack of adequate resources, political interference, monopoly of ownership...

The main reason for transforming Kabul weekly into a national newspaper is the lack of reporting from the countryside. Currently, only private and government TV and radio stations broadcast reports on issues in the provinces; moreover, the scope of these reports is limited. A second reason for creating a nationwide newspaper is of a socio-political order: the ongoing conflicts between the different ethnic groups in the country. Tadjiks, Uzbeks, Pashtuns and Hazaras play a major role in political, economic and social issues. A country-wide newspaper can only gain the trust of all the...

The contribution of Thai women to national socio-economic development is tremendous but is not adequately recognized at all levels. Women's concerns and interests are often overlooked and not seen as priorities. Good governance seems will not be complete if women's voices are not heard and an unequal participation of women and men in public life prevails. To promote gender sensitivity, particularly in local governance, it is necessary to break the silence around the issues that rural women have been facing like violence, discriminatory beliefs and practices in education and employment, and...

Under this project, the skills and capacity of CR personnel will be increased through a training program, a newsletter and a web portal. The project aims to enable CR personnel to produce and broadcast CR programs, and successfully manage and run CR stations for the rural and marginalized communities. One-hundred and eighty organizations have applied for a CR license. To facilitate the registration and operation process, BNNRC has opened a help desk and set up a Community Radio Academy (CRA). It has been observed that skilled manpower is lacking to run the CR stations. While setting up CR...

Though there are a large number of newspapers, weeklies, television channels and radio stations, access to media is still a privilege enjoyed by upper and middle class people. The indigenous communities in the country's northern part and those living in Chittagong hill tracts are the most marginalized and disadvantageous groups of people. They are hardly represented in the mainstream media. Consequently their issues and concerns remain largely unexpressed. Under this project, skills and capacity of the unprivileged indigenous communities on radio journalism and production will be increased...

The establishment of community radio stations in Timor-Leste did not follow a clear, strategic and coordinated process and was not preceded by wide community consultations. This has led over the years to the communities not feeling the ownership of their radio stations; as a consequence, they are not actively engaged in the running of the stations, and not able to discern the fact the radio stations can contribute in a myriad of ways to the improvement of their livelihoods. In many cases, the community believes that the community stations belong to those volunteers who run them. Community...

This project will see the establishment of the first printing house in Dili, Timor-Leste, owned by a group of independent newspapers. A key investment, the printing press will profoundly alter independent media in Timor-Leste's prospects for sustainability. The printing house will strengthen press freedom in this new nation given one of its main objectives will be to support independent media unable to afford the prices and terms of the existing commercial printing houses in Timor-Leste. Independent publications (existing and new) will be able to forward their publications to the new...

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