UNESCO is joining international freedom of expression and media rights mission to Nepal
From 10 to 16 July, representatives of nine international institutions, including UNESCO, global media associations, freedom of expression advocates and media development organizations, will be visiting Nepal to discuss freedom of expression and media rights issues.
Vision Plus 11 opens today in Vienna
'Vision Plus 11: Needs, Trends and Themes for Information Design. Developing Information Design Subject Areas', a UNESCO sponsored international three-day symposium, opens today in Vienna, Austria.
UNESCO supports journalists training for reporting on elections in Afghanistan
More than three hundred journalists and media professionals belonging to both governmental and independent media from all over Afghanistan took part on a three day workshop in Kabul about «The role of Media in Parliamentary Elections». The election-training exercise was in view of the upcoming political election on September 2005 (Wolesi Jirga and provincial elections).
Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi TV producer Khaled Sabih Al Attar
UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination on July 1 of Khaled Sabih Al Attar, a satirical programme producer on Iraq’s Al-Irakiya television, and called for urgent measures to increase the safety of journalists in the country.
UNESCO supported documentary gets prize at International TV Festival in Monte Carlo
“Nomadic Village” presented by the Office of Radio Television of Niger-Télé-Sahel and directed by Mahaman Souleymane was awarded the bronze medal at URTI’s International Grand Prix for Documentaries. An “honest and magnificent film” according to the international jury, the documentary tells the story of a farmer and his small village fighting against the advancing desert.
Director-General condemns assassination of Philippines radio journalist Rolando Morales
UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination of radio journalist Rolando Morales in General Santos City, in the southwest of the Philippines on July 3.
Debate on “Islam, media and public opinion” held at UNESCO
On Friday, 1 July, a one-day debate was held at UNESCO on the subject of “Islam, media and public opinion”. The event was organized by the Islam and Laicism Commission in France, the French League for Human Rights, the Ligue de l’Enseignement and Le Monde Diplomatique, in cooperation with UNESCO and the French National Commission for UNESCO.
Director-General condemns killing of journalist Magomedzarid Varisov
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of journalist Magomedzarid Varisov, who died of gunshot wounds on June 28 on a street in Makhachkala, Dagestan (Russian Federation).
UNESCO and UWIDEC launch online course on local e-Governance in the Caribbean
UNESCO and the University of the West Indies Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC) have launched an online course on local e-governance in the Caribbean.
A trainer’s experience at the Sengerema Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Tanzania
Lismas Julius is an IT Trainer at the Sengerema Community Multimedia Centre in Tanzania, one of the CMCs supported by UNESCO and giving communities in developing countries access to information and communication services. Like other CMCs, Sengerema combines a community radio station with the infrastructure of a telecentre that offers access to ICTs and short computer training courses to locals.
Survey on audiovisual archives in Europe launched
A survey to identify problems and priorities in audiovisual archives in Europe was recently launched by TAPE, an initiative for training for audiovisual preservation in Europe. The results of the survey, that is supported by the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, aims at promoting preservation of audiovisual collections and for developing training activities
UNESCO workshop on transparency and good governance generates new initiatives in Marshall Islands
The third in a series of UNESCO workshops in the Republic of the Marshall Islands dedicated to the principles of Good Governance and Transparency has seen the generation of two new initiatives by the staff of the government radio station, V7AB.
Broadcasting Crucial to Development Says Asia Media Summit
Broadcasting is crucial to development said the participants of the Asia Media Summit (AMS) that the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in collaboration with partners and with support from UNESCO organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 9-11 May 2005. The Recommendations of the conference are now on line available.
Local Information Network Addresses the Issue of Dowry
Dowry is the most commonly discussed social issue amongst women in the Nabanna network, a UNESCO supported initiative that has been working with local women in India to identify information needs and appropriate materials since 2003.
UNESCO Installs First CMCs in Mali Scale-up Initiative
UNESCO this week installed the first of the new community multimedia centres it is establishing in Mali as part of a scale-up initiative also involving Mozambique and Senegal. The first of the new centres were installed in Niéna and San, respectively 300 and some 400 kilometres east of the capital Bamako. Within the next two weeks, CMCs will also be installed in Goundam, Banamba and Yelimane.
Press Freedom Monitoring Workshops Open Floodgates to Freedom of Information Requests to Pakistani Government
Following practical exposure within workshop settings, to procedures for obtaining information from government such as exist under the "Freedom of Information Rules, 2004", Pakistani journalists from the provinces have reportedly sent dozens of requests for information to government departments concerned.
Mali CMC Gets High Speed Connection
The Koutiala CMC in Mali has its first high speed Internet connection via local wireless loop, allowing it to become a mini Internet service provider for the locality. “We will provide two factories, two local NGOs and a cybercafé with a link”, commented CMC manager Mohamed Sylla, “This will enable us to cover the costs of the connection”.
Twenty-Nine New Documentary Collections Inscribed on the Memory of the World Register
Twenty-nine documentary collections in 24 countries have been inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. These additions bring to 120 the total number of inscriptions on the Register to date. They include, for the first time, collections from Albania, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Cuba, Italy, Lebanon, Namibia, Portugal, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States of America.
Latin American Media Professionals Adopt the Charter of Guadalajara
More than 200 media professionals gathered in Guadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico) on 14-16 June 2005 to analyze the current audiovisual landscape in the region and come up with concrete proposals for action in 2006/2007.
Stronger Media Coverage of Tsunami Aftermath Recommended
People around the world followed through the different media the daily developments of the tsunami tragedy and stories of those directly affected. Slowly, however, the stories declined, overshadowed by other more compelling news of the day. UNESCO calls on the media to continue investigative reporting on the issue.
ABU-UNESCO Documentary Exchange Sees “Big Improvement”
The quality of programmes sent in for the ABU-UNESCO TV Documentary Exchange this year has seen a significant improvement from material submitted in previous years. The organizers of the ABU-UNESCO TV Documentary Exchange Meeting and Workshop, closed recently in Hong Kong, said they were pleased to receive better quality content this year.
Uganda CMCs Scoop Awards
Two community multimedia centres supported by UNESCO in Uganda reaped the rewards of their efforts to impact at the grassroot level earlier this month, when they dominated the UNICEF Children's Broadcasting Day Awards. "This is a milestone for community radio", commented Nabweru CMC manager Edward Juuko as he collected two prizes. The competition, which assessed the best dramatic program and the best participatory programming, attracted entries from a number of both commercial and community radios.
Blind and Visually Impaired Youth Introduced to ICT at Nepal CMC
Lumbini Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) has recently organized a one-day orientation programme for blind and visually-impaired students of Shri Shanti Model Secondary School in Manigram, a village in Western Nepal. Shri Shanti local government school has about 850 students twenty-eight of which are either blind or visually impaired.
Conference on Latin American Audiovisual Landscape Opens Today in Mexico
An international conference on “The Latin American Audiovisual Landscape: Good Ideas and Best Practices in Promoting Local Content Production and Distribution”, organized by UNESCO and the University of Guadalajara, opens today in Guadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico).
Learning Digital Radio Studio Design Techniques
Eleven engineers from seven countries (Bhutan, Kiribati, Laos, Mongolia, Maldives, Nepal and Vietnam) were taken through a learning journey from the basic digital concepts to designing digital radio studio production systems at a workshop organized in Vientiane from 2 to 13 May 2005 and hosted by Laos National Radio.
Director-General Welcomes Release of French Journalist Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi Assistant Hussein Hanoun
The Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura today welcomed the release from captivity in Iraq of French journalist Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi assistant Hussein Hanoun after five months in captivity in Iraq.
Training for Sound and Video Archivists in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
From 16 to 27 May, UNESCO and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) conducted two training workshop on digital audio and video archiving in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Director-General Condemns Murder of Somali Journalist Duniya Muhiyadin Nur
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Somali radio journalist Duniya Muhiyadin Nur, and called on improved safety for journalists working in Somalia.
Director-General Condemns Assassination of Libyan Journalist Daif Al Ghazal
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the brutal torture and murder of Libyan writer and journalist Daif Al Ghazal whose body was found on June 2.
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and UNESCO’ s Programme for Creative Content Announce New Partnership
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and UNESCO’ s Programme for Creative Content have announced a new partnership for the establishment of a branded section of audio visual content listings on UNESCO’s Audio Visual e-Platform. The ABU will work with its more than 102 member broadcast companies from across the Asia-Pacific Region in identifying content suitable for exchange and promotion in the international market.