Ethiopian filmmakers address the development challenge
Addis Ababa hosted the 3rd Ethiopian International Film Festival (3EIFF) from 24 to 30 November 2008 under the theme 'Value Each Other'. The event attracted widespread interest with over 20,000 visitors coming to see 50 films from 7 countries; 22 of these films were produced in Ethiopia.
Improving public service broadcasting in Mongolia
UNESCO and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) conducted two events on public service broadcasting in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. They focused on the importance of parliamentary broadcasting in the context of Mongolia, and on the editorial independence, transparency and diversity of local media.
UNESCO’s IFAP ends e-government project in Latin American World Heritage cities
The ‘Electronic Government Model for World Heritage Cities’ project, launched by UNESCO’s Information for All Programme (IFAP) in 2006 and financed by the Government of Spain through its Ministry of Public Administration, was officially closed in Quito on 24 November.
WPFC 20th Annual Anderson-Ottaway lecture focuses on freedom of expression and religion
"The greatest threat to free speech and freedom of conscience embodied in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the current debate over speech and religion," said distinguished US First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams.
18 December 2008: A “radio marathon” for International Migrants Day
For the third consecutive year, on 18 December 2008, Radio 18-12 will be organizing a “global radio marathon” with the support of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Migrants Day.
UNESCO hosts winners of human rights media awards
In the framework of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and of its article 19 ensuring the right of every individual to “freely seek, receive and impart information”, last week UNESCO hosted in its Headquarter the 30 journalists winners of the ‘Every Human Has Rights’ Media Awards.
Regional newspapers learn benefits of open source software for publishing
More than eighty employees from 10 Kazakhstan regional newspapers participated in the workshops on the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) which were organized under a UNESCO project.
Great Lakes media conference adopts resolutions on press freedom
A number of resolutions addressing press freedom and media development issues will be presented to the foreign ministers of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) member states later this month.
Director-General condemns murder of Indian journalist Vikas Ranjan
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the killing of journalist Vikas Ranjan in the northeastern state of Bihar on 26 November.
International Workshop on Greenstone Digital Library Software inaugurated in Kerala
The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), in collaboration with Greenstone Support for South Asia and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), is organizing an International Workshop on Greenstone Digital Library Software at IIMK, Kozhikode, India, from 8 to 13 December 2008.
Journalists in Tajikistan help citizens protect their rights
Tajik journalists improved their reporting on human rights issues thanks to a series of trainings organized by a local media association in cooperation with UNESCO.
UNESCO reinforces capacities of public administrations through the use of free software
UNESCO promotes the use of ICT and highlights its role in improving access to public information. Within this framework, the Arab Federation of Technical Education, the UNESCO Office in Rabat and ISESCO, in co-operation with the Libyan Ministry of the Labour and Training, organize a workshop at the Higher Institute of Computer Technology in Tripoli, Libya, from 20 to 23 December 2008. The workshop aims to reinforce capacities of public administrations through Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).
IGF 2008: Content in local languages is as essential as connectivity
The power of the Internet is multiplied when people are able to access and use content in their local languages, agreed a group of experts who opened the 2008 Internet Governance Forum in a session on Reaching the Next Billion: Multilingualism.
Internet Governance must ensure freedom of expression and universal access, UNESCO says
“The principles of freedom or expression and universal access must be safeguarded on the Internet and, consequently, in Internet Governance structures”, said Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information yesterday at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Hyderabad, India.
UNESCO’s IPDC supports environmental journalism on the web
Within the framework of UNESCO’s IPDC project Training in Central Asia in Reporting Environmental News Online, a regional training of trainers workshop took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, from 21 to 25 November 2008. Organized by the Digital Informational Network on Environment and Sustainable Development in Central Asia and Russia (CARNet), the workshop focused on the Basics of Environmental Web Journalism.
UNESCO supports first congress of Federation of African Journalists
Delegates from journalists’ unions from more than 30 African countries met for the first working Congress of Federation of African Journalists (FAJ). The Congress was organized by the Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA), with the support of UNESCO.
Director-General condemns murder of Indian journalist Jagajit Saikia
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Jagajit Saikia in India’s State of Assam on 22 November. The murder occurred in an area of Assam that has been prey to unrest.
Director-General condemns murder of Mexican journalist Armando Rodríguez
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Mexican crime reporter Armando Rodríguez in Ciudad Juárez and called for improvements in the safety of journalists in the country.
Director-General condemns killing of Pakistani journalists Abdul Razzak Johra and Qari Mohammad Shoaib
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murders of Pakistani journalists Abdul Razzak Johra, of the Royal TV network, on 3 November and Qari Mohammad Shoaib, of the Azadi and Khabar Kar newspapers, on 8 November. Mr Matsuura also voiced concern over the increasing number of attacks on reporters in the country.
Director-General condemns killing of journalist Didace Namujimbo in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Didace Namujimbo of Radio Okapi in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He welcomed the call of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for a full investigation of this crime.
UNESCO and the Kingdom of Bahrain to establish centre for information and communication technology
UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Majed Bin Ali Al Noami, yesterday signed an agreement paving the way for the establishment of a state-of-the-art Centre for Information and Communication Technology to serve the Arab Region.
IPDC-supported training for Zambian and Malawian community radios started in Lusaka
The Zambia Institute of Mass Communication (ZAMCOM), with support from UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), is organizing a two-week training course on ‘Digital Quality Radio Production’ for Zambian and Malawian community radios, from 17 to 30 November.
Director-General condemns killing of Philippines journalist Aresio Padrigao
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of dxRS Radyo Natin (Our Radio) journalist Aresio Padrigao on 17 November in Gingoog City, in the Philippines province of Misamis Oriental.
Publication of practical guide to computer recycling
UNESCO is launching a free practical guide to computer recycling for entrepreneurs and project sponsors, on the occasion of a conference on Digital Solidarity being held in Lyon (France).
Young journalists discussed culture of tolerance at media forum in Saint-Petersburg
The Third European Media Forum for Young Journalists Working for Electronic Media ‘Dialogue of Cultures’ took place from 11 to 12 November 2008 at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia.
Building capacity of Samoa media in disaster management
The UNESCO Office in Apia, together with the Disaster Management Office (DMO) of the Government of Samoa, organized a Samoa Media Disaster Management Capacity Building Workshop in Apia, from 30 to 31 October 2008.
UNESCO Information and Documentation Centre opened in Moldova
On 5 November 2008, the National Commission of the Republic of Moldova for UNESCO inaugurated the UNESCO Information and Documentation Centre at the Central Scientific Library ‘Andrei Lupan’ of the Moldavian Academy of Sciences in Chisinau. The Centre has been established in the framework of the 45th anniversary of the Library, with the financial support of UNESCO’s Office in Moscow.
UNESCO’s IPDC contributes to press freedom in Morocco
Specialised training for audiovisual media professionals will take place at the Journalism School of Casablanca, Morocco, from 24 to 28 November 2008. It is one in the series of training sessions organized by UNESCO’s Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) for media professionals belonging to the Moroccan Association of Independent Radios and Televisions (ARTI).
Shanghai TV University and Egyptian Ministry to receive 2008 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has named the laureates of the 2008 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education. They were selected on the recommendation of an international jury whose meeting this year was held in Bahrain for the first time.
Iranian film wins UNESCO APSA Award
Winners in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), conducted under the patronage of UNESCO, were announced at a special ceremony held on 11 November on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The UNESCO Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion of cultural diversity went to the Iranian documentary feature film Tinar.