The case for press freedom on the internet. An interview
Has the Internet been delivering on its early promise of providing universal freedom of expression to all people everywhere? Leslie Harris, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology (Washington D.C., USA) replies to UNESCO.
India: Time for Community Radio has come!
Following the Indian Government Policy Guidelines to allow non-profit community based organizations with a known reputation and a track record of at least 3 years to apply for a license to broadcast, the UNESCO Office in New Delhi partnered with the Broadcasting Engineering Society to organize a key forum at their 13th annual convention.
Community Multimedia Centre, ROOTS FM’s Rapping with Schools
“School Rap” is the latest radio programme on ROOTS 96.1FM aimed at showcasing the talent and achievements of students attending high schools located in urban inner-city communities in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, Jamaica.
UN in Action: A new UN catalogue available on-line
UNESCO announces a new catalogue on its Audio-visual E-platform: the United Nations catalogue containing the UN family’s most recent and outstanding audiovisual productions.
Investigative journalism in Mongolia
Enkhbaatar G. is a journalist with the Ardyn Erkh daily newspaper in Mongolia. In 2005, he participated in the “Media for Transparent Governance” programme. Its goal: to raise Mongolian journalists’ awareness of corruption and train them in investigative journalism. WebWorld now publishes his story.
Director-General voices concern over treatment of journalists in Eritrea after death of writer and journalist Fessehaye Yohannes
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today voiced concern over the treatment of journalists in Eritrea in the wake of reports that writer and journalist Fessehaye Yoahannes had died in detention.
Easy Skanking. Reggae and ICT to enhance literacy
UNESCO and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) supported the development of a new educational tool called Easy Skanking an educational software with interactive literacy course for young Jamaicans.
The 10th UN Inter-Agency Round Table calls for a common strategy in Communication for Development
Around forty representatives from sixteen UN agencies, the World Bank, OECD/DAC as well as a dozen selected communication experts and practitioners took part in the 10th UN Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication for Development hosted by UNESCO in Addis Ababa from 12-14 February 2007.
New media increases freedom but holds dangers, conference told
Digital media offers citizens greater freedom of information, but there are dangers that the information can be easily manipulated, an international conference on the press freedom dimension of new media last week at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris.
Workshop for women journalists in Mauritania starts today
The last in a series of workshop for women journalists to produce public announcement spots for the Presidential elections in Mauritania opens today in the country’s capital Nouakchott.
Community Radio Rides a Popularity Wave
The time for Community Radio has truly come. The tremendously enthusiastic response that the exhibition on “Community Radio: Innovation, low cost solutions and access” got at the BES Expo -2007 earlier this month in New Delhi, India, demonstrated this loud and clear.
Great success for e-learning modules on information management
Over 45 000 Information Management Resource Kits (IMARKs) – e-learning modules on information management - have been distributed by FAO, UNESCO and Partners worldwide.
Inhabitants of the Caribbean on the same wavelength
From Haiti to Jamaica, an active network of local radio stations are able to share their experiences and pool resources across marine and linguistic divides on an internet portal.
UN agencies round table on communication for development opens in Addis Ababa today
Today opens the 10th UN Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication for Development in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. The biennial event that this year is hosted by UNESCO aims at strengthening collaboration between UN agencies regarding the implementation of communication for development programmes and projects.
Workshop on media contribution to electoral process makes recommendations to Congolese journalists
Participants of the workshop on media contribution to the electoral process, which was organized by the Congolese National Press Union (UNPC), with the support of UNESCO, from 10 to 12 January 2007, have now published their recommendations to the Congolese media.
New media expands press freedom
Neil Budde, the General Manager of Yahoo!, Oh Yeon-Ho, the founder of the Ohmynews online newspaper, and a wide range of new media and press freedom advocates will join the Conference "New Media: The Press Freedom Dimension" to be held in Paris next week.
Workshop on ‘Recent Experiences on Measuring Languages in Cyberspace’
Recent experiences on measuring languages in Cyberspace will be discussed at a Workshop at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters on 22 February 2007 as part of the celebrations of International Mother Language Day (21 February).
Media revolution in Cape Verde
Fourteen years after the birth of the country’s first private radio station, Cape Verde is making notable progress in promoting press freedom. Measures have been taken to guarantee the public’s access to pluralistic, quality information.
Conference on ethics of the Information Society opens today in Pretoria
Today opens in Pretoria, South Africa, the first African Conference to look at the ethical challenges in the information age. One of the expected outcomes of the three day event that is sponsored by UNESCO is the establishment of a platform to advise African governments on policy implications regarding the ethical dimensions of the creation, distribution and use of information through ICTs.
World Press Freedom Day 2007 website now online
UNESCO launches a website dedicated to the World Press Freedom Day to be celebrated in Medellin, Colombia on 3 May. The website provides regular news services, practical information, more detail on the conference, speakers and participants.
Towards enhancing journalists' training in Congo
Participants of a recent workshop for journalists, recently organized in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, recommended transversal cooperation between training institutions in order to share journalist training programmes.
UNESCO launches information literacy project in Trinidad and Tobago
The Trinidad and Tobago National Library and Information Systems Authority, through the support of UNESCO, recently launched a Community Information Literacy Project at the Tunapuna Public Library.
Ranérou CMC makes access to information and freedom of expression a reality
In the space of a year, a community radio has started to change the life of the rural community of Ranérou in the Sahel region of Senegal.
UNESCO hands out a practical guide to help young people understand AIDS and means for its prevention
English copies of the practical guide "Young People and AIDS", produced within the framework of the INFOYOUTH Network, a partnership between UNESCO and the French Ministry for Youth, Sports and Voluntary Organizations, are available free of charge.
Director-General condemns killing of Haitian press photographer Jean-Rémy Badio
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of freelance photographer Jean-Rémy Badio in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 19 January.
Free Expression Groups’ Forum launched in Somalia
Forty Somali media organisations, civil society and human rights groups have allied to create the «Somali Forum for Freedom of Expression» (SOFFE). The decision came at the end of a four-day roundtable held in Mogadishu from 19 to 22 January 2007.
Jamaica Broadcasting Commission and UNESCO launch children's media literacy project
The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, in conjunction with UNESCO, will launch a media literacy project targeting children in primary schools in the country, on 29 January.
UNESCO to assist in production of films for UN's "21st Century" News Magazine
Four proposals for film production for the United Nations Television magazine ”21st CENTURY”, a series of news-shows putting a spotlight on the world’s most underreported stories, were recently selected by UNESCO and UN's Department of Public Information (UNDPI).
The Spirit of Bali. Using new and traditional communication technologies to build peace
More than 200 participants - representatives of UNESCO Member States, government ministers, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the private sector and media - adopted “The Spirit of Bali” declaration at the end of an international conference in Bali, Indonesia, on 23 January.
Breaking Barriers. Using free and open source software for development
The successful deployment of free and open source software (FOSS) in projects in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America are described on a publication entitled "Breaking Barriers" by UNDP's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme.