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...

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...

No local television station, including OTV, provides daily or weekly newscasts. Other than TV, there are no opportunities available for television journalists. Nearly every household, in even the most remote areas of Palau, has a television and receives OTV through the National Cable system. OTV is Palau's only television station that operates with public/private cooperation and provides both commercial programming and public access. OTV is the most watched channel in the nation and has absolutely no political affiliation. Capacity building of community news media will allow OTV to train...

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...

Tajikistan's media often fail to perform their role of disseminators of important and credible information, and to serve as the instrument of the citizens' control over the power and politicians. The main reason for that is the lack of qualified media professionals, adhering to civic principles and observing international professional standards. Because of the lack of professional journalists, scarce financial resources and political reasons, Tajikistan is known as a country with a very limited number of operational media. Since 1991, there has not been a daily newspaper in the country;...

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-...

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...

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...

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