Regions: Latin America and the Caribbean

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...

The UNESCO publication “World Trends of Expression and Media Development” (WTEMD) states that Latin America has very high levels of commercial media concentration. Although efforts are underway to establish anti-monopoly regulations, the process is slow or has failed to generate results. In countries such as Peru, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay, there are intense debates about the need for government intervention in order to avoid monopolization of ownership and control of the media by a small number of groups due to the impact that they have on the quality of democratic debate. ...

The project will help to improve skills in reporting on gender, human rights, human mobility, refugees and children issues in Ecuador through professional training for Ecuadorean journaliTo organize a seminar for 50 Ecuadorean journalists and journalism students on how to effectively and ethically report on sensitive issues related to gender, human rights, human mobility, refugee and child issues, following ethical standards. Participation is to be gender equal.sm students and journalists.

Therefore, this project, which will take as reference the approach of UNESCO’s publication ‘Climate Change in Africa: A Guidebook for Journalists’7, which focused at raising awareness among journalists on the interdisciplinary core of the climate change and on how they can reflect that in their practices. The project aims at providing skills and knowledge for designing and implementing communication campaigns on DRM and CCA to at least 30 local journalists permanently working in the Ancash Region. This would be done through a 60-hour course in collaboration with the Universidad Nacional...

The relationship between the press and the judiciary in Argentina, as in other countries, is one that has historically been marked by tension. In the majority of cases, this tension leads neither to the bolstering of freedom of the press nor to the strengthening of the judicial system. Given these two entities' centrality in the democratic landscape of Argentina, the ongoing conflicts between them adversely affects not just the institutions, but also the exercise of democracy itself. 
 
This tension stems equally from structural factors as from factors rooted in the poor...

CEPPAS proposes to train women journalists on the use of ICTs for investigative journalism. The project targets Verapaces, North East and Petén; Western; South East, Central and Metropolitan Regions which suffer a profound digital divide and where women have little say in the community media, in which they work. The proposal is based on three pillars: gender equality; community media; technology and innovation with emphasis on FOSS.

Three workshops of three days each will involve women-journalists. CEPPAS will also hold a Forum on Women and Journalism involving media and advocacy...

The objectives of this project are:

A. To contribute in the creation of tools for updating and training members of the judiciary in the thematic project.

B. To promote the application of international human rights law and international standards on freedom of expression and access to public information by the judiciary.

C. To improve the justice system's response to threats to freedom of expression and the right of access to public information.

D. To contribute to the creation of conditions that will strengthen the justice system as a guarantor of freedom of...

The Vuelan las Plumas platform seeks to become an example of quality cultural journalism whose content production can be taken advantage of by many other media and forms of communication. 
 
The creation of content requires a professional team with the capacities to develop quality programs and interviews. Vuelan las Plumas consists in generating and broadcasting live via radio and TV, and then uploading the content produced to the website to be downloaded by other communications media professionals and the wider public. To achieve this, capacity building is essential. ...

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...

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