Our community matters a lot so does our radio
Announcers at the UNESCO supported Dzimwe Community Radio station perform daily miracles. Located in Mangochi District, Malawi, where temperatures easily fluctuate between 35-40° C, the fact that these volunteers even report for duty demonstrates a dedication to serve their community.
World Press Freedom Day workshop to debate safety of journalists and impunity
Raising awareness about safety of journalists and impunity of crimes committed against media is the topic of a conference organized in Jordan’s capital Amman on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, on May 3.
UNESCO-supported e-center for disaster communication in the Philippines
Information is the most crucial element in risk and disaster situations is one of the important lesson that health officials gained from the landslide that buried Barangay Guinsaugon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte in the Philippines in February 2006.
Caribbean journalists to observe World Press Freedom Day 2007
Caribbean journalists and representatives of media organizations and training institutions will observe World Press Freedom Day 2007 at a conference in St. Lucia May 2-3 which will examine challenges faced by the regional media in defence of freedom of expression.
Audiovisual heritage and digital universe
The seventh Joint Technical Symposium (JTS) to examine issues affecting the audiovisual archival profession will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 28 to 30 June 2007.
Local self help groups strengthen community radio
Women self help groups are playing an increasingly important role since the community radio station “Mandakini Ki Awaaz” (The Voice of Mandakini) located in Bhanaj, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand, India started its operations in 2004.
World Press Freedom Day in the United Kingdom
To celebrate this year’s World Press Freedom Day on 3 May in the United Kingdom, a great variety of activities are presently under preparation.
Press House opens in Bangui
A Press House was inaugurated in Bangui, Central African Republic, in a building rehabilitated within the framework of a UNESCO project co-financed by Canada.
UN agency unveils two web projects to fight disease and track medical progress
Two web projects backed by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) were launched this week as part of global efforts to fight infectious diseases afflicting the developing world and to track recent progress made in the field of medicine.
Alexandria meeting seeks to strengthen international cooperation in emergency telecommunications
Aiming to strengthen international cooperation in the use of information and communication technology for disaster mitigation, a conference took place in Alexandria, Egypt, from 14 to 17 April 2007.
CAR public media move ahead
The shape of Central African Republic future public media took a step forward towards clarification last week with the submission to the Ministry of Communication of the findings of a mission assessing ways for transforming the Central African state-funded electronic media into public service broadcasters.
Listserv to create FOSS community in Maghreb
The UNESCO office in Rabat has just launched a listserv to discuss the Miftaah project aiming at promotion of free and open source software (FOSS) in the Arab Region.
UWI and UNESCO launch educational videos on violence
The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI), in collaboration with UNESCO, are launching two new educational videos this week.
United Nations media at MIPTV 2007: Sharing the world's stories
UN Headquarters and seven UN agencies - UNESCO, UNDP, UNEP, UNFPA, UNICEF and World Bank as well as the Millennium Campaign - will present their audiovisual catalogues at MIPTV 2007, which is taking place from 16 to 20 April in Cannes, France.
Director-General condemns killing of Mexican journalist Amado Ramirez
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned murder of Amado Ramirez, the Acapulco correspondent of the Televisa broadcasting network.
UNESCO workshop at 5th World Conference of Science Journalists
More than 450 journalists and writers from around the globe will meet in Melbourne, Australia, from 16 April to 20 April for the 5th World Conference of Science Journalists. UNESCO is sponsoring a workshop on education and training.
Young Tunisian and Moroccan students use digital tools to present their hometowns
Within the framework of a sub-regional ICT centre for youth, the UNESCO Office in Rabat organized a training course "Young Digital Creators DigiArts" for the North African countries.
"Our Lumbini" - Building awareness of cultural heritage through CMC
The Lumbini Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Nepal recently organized a seven-day training session for local community members on radio journalism and reporting, with support from UNESCO's programme on intercultural dialogue.
Training module on documentary scriptwriting now available online
UNESCO, in partnership with the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) of India, has just released a training module entitled "How to write a documentary script", an easy-to-use self-training tool providing basic knowledge for potential content creators.
UNESCO launches World Press Freedom Day 2007 website in Arabic
The website dedicated to the World Press Freedom Day 2007, to be celebrated in Colombia on 3 May, is now available in Arabic.
Out-of-school youths produce digital content on health
Health protocols in treating tuberculosis, prevention of dengue epidemic and parasitism – are among the topics of the CD-ROM produced by 14 out-of-school youths from a Philippine village, as an output of the training held from 5 to 30 March 2007.
Pakistan Press Foundation invites nominations for the Aslam Ali Press Freedom Award 2007
Individuals as well as professional and non-governmental organisations working in the field of media and human rights are invited to nominate themselves or other candidates for the second Aslam Ali Press Freedom Award, instituted by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) with the support of UNESCO.
Small Island Developing States receive IPDC support
Thirteen national projects in 11 Small Island Developing States (Barbados, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Jamaica, Mauritius, Niue, Papua New Guinea, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago) received IPDC financing to the tune of $ 320,000.
APM Print: Serbian independent media success story
The APM printing plant project, coordinated by UNESCO and supported by international donors, proves its professional and economic sustainability.
UN agency trains communications experts for rapid global disaster response
For crises where minutes can make a difference between life and death, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has just graduated its first class of emergency telecommunications team leaders, after an intensive two-week training course to ready them for rapid deployment to difficult and dangerous disaster zones.
Senegal CMC scale-up project surpasses the goal of 20
With the set-up of 24 Community Multimedia Centres (CMCs), the training of over 400 people and the development of partnerships at national and local levels, the Senegal Community Multimedia Center scale-up project has reached and even exceeded its goals.
Human Rights Council discussed the role of archives in the struggle against impunity
In the framework of the 4th session of the UN Human Rights Council, an informal meeting on “Archives and Human Rights – Dealing with the past, preparing for the future” was organized on 19 March, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Director-General calls for release of Alan Johnston, BBC correspondent in Gaza
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, called today for the release of Alan Johnston, the BBC journalist abducted in Gaza on 12 March, and spoke out against the proliferation of hostage-taking involving media professionals.
IPDC Bureau finances 74 media development projects in 59 developing countries
The Bureau of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) decided to finance 74 media development projects in 59 countries at its 51st annual meeting, which took place at UNESCO Headquarters from 27 to 29 March 2007.
New technologies bringing persons with disabilities into mainstream, UN forum told
A “dazzling array” of technologies is bringing persons with disabilities into the workforce and integrating them further into society, an expert on assistive technologies said at a forum, which took place on 26 March at United Nations Headquarters in New York.