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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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