Regions: Asia and the Pacific

Media development in Kazakhstan's regions has been slow. Although new private media outlets have opened, journalists lack basic educational and professional skills; with low salaries, they are susceptible to pressure from local political and business interests. Many do not know their legal rights?for example, for access to information?and lack training in research, fact-checking and providing balanced stories. Financially-struggling media outlets regularly publish or broadcast hidden advertising, press releases from local government or businesses masquerading as news stories. Regional...

A three tiered media structure comprising public, private and community is now in place. However, there are critical issues of concern. First, the guidelines subsume campus radio, community radio and agricultural universities under the same umbrella. This is unrealistic, particularly in the context of management and ownership. Community radio stations in most parts of the world are managed and owned by communities, in contrast to campus and agricultural university radio stations. Other issues of concern are that the guidelines do not permit community radio stations to broadcast news. This...

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 condition and position of women is still quite vulnerable in mass media industry. Women are placed in low-ranking administrative jobs with no responsibility or with no possibilities of career development. Their participation in media is still very limited and is far from having reached a critical mass when women can make a difference. The project aims to increase women's participation in upcoming CR and to change...

There are hundreds of CLCs around Nepal, but only a handful of operative and self-sufficient CMCs. A proper network among these centres, starting from fewer districts, could become a fundamental awareness and information channel for communities. Although the quality and diversity of media are increasing in more populated areas, this is not true in remote areas. There, the often illiterate population has to receive information largely from local radio, and not enough quality information is available. CMCs practitioners have not received professional training, some are not well informed...

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...

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...

It is vital that the reasons behind phenomena such as extreme temperatures, carbon emissions, decreasing snow with retreating glaciers, changing rainfall patterns, decreasing fauna and flora, sea level rise (in particular the Caspian sea) and the decrease of the Ili-Balkhash lake's water levels, be adequately brought to the public's attention. Indeed, they bear serious implications for local economies, society and culture. Not to speak of the present-day consequences of the two very serious environmental disasters of which Kazakhstan has been a victim in the past, namely the Aral Sea and...

With the transformation of the AINA Photo Department in to an independent photo agency, Afghanistan has witnessed the creation of the country's first photo agency in its 130 years journalism history. AINA provides photo services to national & international media as well as aid organizations. The AINA Photo Agency/Afghanistan covered the first presidential election as well as provincial councils and held photo exhibitions in seven provinces of Afghanistan. These photo exhibitions, entitled through Afghan eyes, not only showed the skills and knowledge of Afghan photographers in the media...

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...

Although rapid changes in new technologies continue to transform the media industries, they cannot replace human creativity and competency. Trained trainers are in dire need. There are much fewer women trainers in the media than men, due to the fact that fewer opportunities are given to them to acquire the specific skills required to become trainers. Hence this project is aimed specifically at potential women media trainers. Women wishing to become media trainers must acquire knowledge in designing relevant curricula and adopt up-to-date teaching techniques within the context of a fast-...

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