Regions: Asia and the Pacific

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Pacific media practitioners collect, shape and deliver information to some of the most scattered and isolated nations and small island communities on the planet. Many Pacific media practitioners lack the understanding of freedom of the media and its links to good governance, of the need to protect it and build broader public ownership and support of it, and of the skills to defend it when it comes under attack. Recent developments in the region have sparked concern over the status of free media in the Pacific. The current military regime in Fiji has helped to create unprecedented levels of...

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;...

The governments, and other prime movers of the development effort, recognise that communication is the most essential factor for successful development. It is, therefore, imperative that adequate resources of funding, expertise and planning be invested for integration of the Information and Communication Technologies( ICTs) in the broadcast media so as to exploit the immense opportunities offered by information and communication technologies in reaching audiences hither-to disconnected with the mainstream media or so far unreachable. While the technology is the driving force behind the...

This project will provide training to fifty media workers working in various media outlets in Central Asia. It will equip them with essential skills and knowledge by participating in five 3-day training courses and will enable them to: (i) support their own information security and that of their organizations based on personal responsibility; (ii) reduce the risk error and plagiarism, and irrelevant use of equipment, as well as introducing a mechanism for tracking such errors; (iii) prevent unsanctioned access in the operation of the organizations' information systems; (iv) assure secure...

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...

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