Regions: Latin America and the Caribbean

On August 2014, the Paraguayan law on access to public information was passed. Our institution – IDEA- has been leading efforts towards this goal for 8 years: a process that at times could not to see a light at the end of the tunnel, and required a significant investment in terms of time and funds. 
 
During that process, communicators have been mostly allies; although a small number of the sector opposed. Led by IDEA, the GIAI (a Group of NGOs an individuals who got together to coordinate actions in support of Access to Information) included the press at all times, as main...

Bolivia is the second Latin American country where the Media Development Indicators (MDI) were applied following the methodology developed by the United Nations for Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO).

 

This study was carried out from June 2011 to June 2012 by the Bolivian Media Observatory (ONADEM in Spanish) from UNIR Bolivia Foundation and supervised by Rosa González, the Communication and Information Counselor for the UNESCO`s Representation of Andean countries.

 

After finishing the application, the 250 page report was submitted to a...

Women's voices are essential to the development of societies. In order to strengthen women’s voices, women have to be present in making the news and entertainment. Gender equality within media organizations have to be fostered and supported proactively. Balanced gender portrayal in media content is also crucial, to ensure stereotypes are not reinforced. Finally, women media workers have to be safe from gender specific violence to carry on their work.
 
Unfortunately, there is virtually no data available about the presence of women in media organizations in Brazil; regional...

In the Dominican Republic there are 7 national printed newspapers and an imprecise number of local newspapers. Over five hundred radio and television stations and more than three hundred domestic and international TV cable stations. The practice of journalism is governed by the Constitution of the Dominican Republic; 61-32 Law on Freedom of Expression and Media; by Law 10-91 of licensing of journalists; 200-04 and the Law on Free Access to Public Information.

 

The Dominican College of Journalists (CDP) has more than four thousand (4,000) members who are journalism...

The project proposes to implement an assessment of media development in Haiti (LCD) based on UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDIs) and using the Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM) to foreground gender dimension throughout the assessment.
 
The results would be an important tool for guiding the efforts of national actors working in the area of media development and legislation, including lawyers and policy makers. Such a study will provide an up-to-date state of arts of national media landscape and a comprehensive analysis of the current media situation...

 

Drawing from Media Development Indicators’ Category 3 (indicators 3.2 and 3.11) and from all indicators included in Category B1of the Gender-Sensitive Media Indicators, the project aims to study the prevailing approach to gender and social diversity in the discourse on local development broadcasted by provincial and municipal radios stations in Las Tunas province. It also intends to characterize the participation of women and disadvantaged groups in communicative production and to describe the main perceptions showed by audiences regarding the portrayal of this topic on radio...

There are approximately 26 radio stations currently operating in Jamaica. Of this amount the vast majority are commercial entities focused on pop culture and headline news content. Less than ten are community broadcasters and even so, they are struggling to meet basic bills for light and equipment let alone investments in content development and capacity development. Whereas these stations are hugely popular in their communities, their lack of broadcast skills and capacity, prevents them from providing the communication support for community development required by their citizens.
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The Caribbean has a varied level of media development, with Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica being the most sophisticated and Dominica and Guyana the least. Within the territories and countries of CARICOM (the Caribbean Community), there are about 25 local terrestrial stations and 60-100 cable channels. Radio licences exceed 300 and there are more than a dozen daily print newspapers and 5 weekly publications as well as on-line dailies and weeklies, all serving a population of about 6 million. There is a mix of private and state owned broadcasters with the latter dominating in some...

Suriname has 19 television stations, 34 radio stations, 4 newspapers, 9 community radio stations, approximately 10 journals and about 9 new media news sites. The State owns 1 radio station 1 one television station. The rest of the media is privately owned. About 150 journalists are working at the media. The media sector employs mostly ‘self-made’ media workers who largely need to be educated and trained. This need also originates from a strong increase in the number of news media in the previous years and consequently also the number of required journalists. The purpose of the media in...

The development objective of this project is linked to Indicator 1.2 (on the right to information) and Category 4 (Professional capacity building) of the UNESCO/IPDC Media Development Indicators (MDIs). The project intends to build the capacities of local media in the use of Law 1712 of 2014 on Transparency and Access to information as a tool for enabling them to carry out stronger and better informed investigations.
 
Build awareness and capacity among 45 journalists on the use of the Law on Transparency and Access to Information in Colombia (Law 1712, 2014) through three one...

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