Conference on the role of the media with regard to migration and integration in Europe
UNESCO and France Télévisions, France’s national public service television broadcaster, will host a conference entitled “Migration and integration, Europe’s big challenge. What role do the media play?”
Asia Pacific Screen Awards winners announced
The winners of the first Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in cinema in 2007, were announced on 13 November at a special ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. More than 500 film industry personalities from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States attended the event, held under the auspices of UNESCO.
Videos on UNESCO's action in communication and information now online
UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector launches its Audiovisual Resources Platform. It offers a unique access point to audiovisual material in the area of communication and information, which has been produced, sponsored or supported by UNESCO: documentaries, audio recordings, speeches, podcasts of meetings, etc.
UNESCO publishes Mongolia's Media Sector Analysis
"The Mongolian Media Landscape: Sector Analysis" is a comprehensive overview of the national TV, radio, print and digital media which could be of interest to domestic media practitioners and planners as well as diplomatic and donor communities active in Mongolia.
Steps taken for multilingual Internet
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UNESCO will collaborate on global efforts to forge universal standards towards building a multilingual cyberspace.
eTUKTUK project makes it to the final round of Stockholm Challenge GKP Awards
eTUKTUK, a mobile telecentre/radio broadcasting unit that currently operates out of the Kothmale Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Sri Lanka, has made its way to the final round of the Stockholm Challenge GKP Awards. The winner will be announced during GK3, Third Global Knowledge Conference taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 11 to 13 December 2007.
Freedom of expression and security on the Internet
"Freedom of expression and security on the Internet are not contradictory but complementing values in the information society." This was one of the outcomes of a very well attended workshop entitled "Freedom of Expression as a Security Issue" held during the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), an international and multi-stakeholder conference that opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this week.
Director-General condemns murder of Nepalese journalist Birendra Shah
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today, condemned the murder of Nepalese journalist Birendra Shah and voiced grave concern about reports of a growing campaign of intimidation of journalists.
Iraqi stakeholders meet to discuss draft law on media and telecommunications
Iraqi broadcasters, parliamentarians and representatives of the judiciary, along with international media experts, concluded a high-level technical meeting where they discussed a draft law currently before the parliament on media and telecommunications in Iraq.
Sub-regional workshop for journalists from Maghreb
Fourteen journalists from Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya attended a 3-day workshop on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in journalism.
Global scale-up project funded by IFAP
UNESCO is strongly advocating the building of knowledge societies where the power of information and communication help people access the knowledge they need to improve their daily lives and achieve their full potential.
UNESCO Director-General voices concern for freedom of expression in Pakistan
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed concern for freedom of expression in Pakistan and expressed the hope that President Pervez Musharraf would lift restrictions on the media.
UNESCO workshops on Freedom of Expression and Multilingualism at the Internet Governance Forum
The second meeting on Internet governance in Rio de Janeiro later this month will bring together participants from around the world to discuss issues ranging from freedom of expression and security to open standards and linguistic diversity.
ITU and Microsoft launch online platform to track ICT development
ITU Global View, a virtual earth-based online platform to track and help accelerate the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) goals in Africa was launched on 29 October 2007, on the opening day of the Connect Africa Summit.
UNESCO's General Conference Elects New Members to IPDC and IFAP Council
The General Conference elected this week new members to the Intergovernmental Councils for the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Information for All Programme (IFAP).
UNESCO seeks Director for Moscow Institute for Information Technologies in Education
UNESCO is presently recruiting a high-level expert in education and ICTs to provide strategic vision for and conduct the business of its Institute for Information Technologies in Education in Moscow.
Director-General condemns murder and kidnapping of journalists in Iraq
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the murder of Shehab Mohammad al-Hiti, editor of a new Iraqi weekly, al-Youm, on 28 October. He also condemned the murder of the unnamed chauffeur of a female correspondent of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty whose body was found in Iraq on 22 October. The correspondent has been missing since that date.
UNESCO Awarded Thai National Film Archives at Phuket Film Festival
On 21 October, at the occasion of The Phuket Film Festival in Thailand, UNESCO presented the Minister of Culture, H.E. Mrs. Si-Arun Khaisi, with a Fellini Silver Medal Award and a certificate of commendation for the Thai National Film Archives’ excellent work within UNESCO’s Memory of the World programme.
Director-General condemns murder in Kyrgyzstan of Uzbek journalist Alisher Saipov
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Alisher Saipov who was killed in the Kyrgyz city of Osh, near the Uzbek border, on 24 October.
27 October Declared World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
In cooperation with the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) and other partners, UNESCO is leading the fight to preserve the world’s fragile audiovisual heritage. It has adopted 27 October as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage as a means of focusing global attention on the issues at stake.
HIV and AIDS and TV webpage launched
The Global Network of Young TV Producers on HIV and AIDS, an activity supported within the framework of the Communication and Information Programme, has launched a website to inform the public of its work with media training institutions, broadcasting organizations, and more than 90 young television producers in HIV and AIDS prevention.
First Conference of the World Association of Community Broadcasters for Africa (Middle East and North Africa) just ended in Rabat
The first World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC Africa) Conference was held on 22 to 24 October 2007 in Rabat, Morocco, jointly organized with the UNESCO Office in Rabat, the UNESCO Chair in Public and Community Communication, and with the support of the Ministry of Communication of Morocco and Maroc Telecom.
Working with Civil Society at the heart of a UNESCO Forum
Working with civil society will be the theme of the “International Forum of Civil Society – UNESCO’s Partners” on 25 October, during the 34th session of UNESCO’s General Conference (16 October to 3 November).
First Celebration of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October 2007
Two years ago, at the 33rd session of UNESCO's General Conference, the Member States decided to declare 27 October as World Day for Audiovisual Archives. At the occasion of its first celebration, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, calls upon governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to give audiovisual heritage the recognition it deserves.
Director-General condemns assassination of Somali radio executive Bashir Nor Gedi
The Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination of Bashir Nor Gedi, the acting chairperson of Shabelle Media network who was killed in his home on 19 October.
Calls for New Nominations for Memory of the World International Register
UNESCO is inviting new nomination proposals for inscription on its Memory of the World International Register, a list of library collections and archive holdings of world significance, which was established in 1997 to promote documentary heritage of universal value.
The Director-General attends the presentation of a vision for a World Digital Library
On 17 October 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and Mr James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, participated in the presentation of a vision for a World Digital Library at the Hilton Hotel.
A workshop on the use of GenISISWeb for web publishing of CDS/ISIS databases
The Digital Library & Information Services of Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management - Kerala (IIITM-K) is organizing a national workshop on the application of GenisisWeb to create web based information services for CDS/ISIS databases. The workshop, aimed for librarians, LIS students, academia and industry members, will be held in Thiruvananthapuram, India, from 29 to 31 October 2007.
Director-General condemns killing of five Iraqi journalists this week
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing in Iraq of Salih Saif Aldin, a reporter for the Washington Post newspaper, and of three Al Watan reporters: Jasim and Mohamed Nofaan, Zeyard Tariq; and freelance journalist Dhi Abdul-Razak al-Dibo.
UNESCO and Library of Congress sign agreement for World Digital Library
UNESCO and the US Library of Congress will join forces to build a World Digital Library, following the signing of an agreement by Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, and the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 17 October 2007.