Everyone must help eliminate cyber hatred, says UN Secretary-General
According to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, parents, the Internet industry and policy makers all have a role to play in eliminating hate speech from cyberspace.
Director-General condemns murder of Guatemalan journalist Marco Antonio Estrada
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Guatemalan television reporter Marco Antonio Estrada who was killed on 6 June in the eastern city of Chiquimula.
Director-General condemns murder of Somali journalist Muktar Mohamed Hirabe
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned an attack on 7 June on two Somali journalists in Mogadishu: Muktar Mohamed Hirabe, who died on the spot, and Ahmed Omar Hashi, who was seriously injured.
Media and heritage
Heritage experts and cultural journalists discussed issues related to media coverage of heritage during an interdisciplinary workshop in San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 9 to 11 June 2009.
Director-General deplores killing of Philippines journalist Jojo Trajano
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today deplored the killing of Philippines journalist Jojo Trajano near Manila on 3 June, and emphasized the importance of safety training programmes for journalists.
UN agencies look at Communication for Development strategies in Russia
More emphasis should be placed on developing a common UN strategy for communication for development in the Russian Federation concluded staff of UN agencies based in Moscow and Vladikavkaz at an inter-agency workshop on the potential benefit of a UN wide communication for development approach held on 8 and 9 April 2009 in Moscow.
Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi journalist Alaa Abdel-Wehab and calls for improved safety for media workers in the country
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Iraqi sports journalist Alaa Abdel-Wehab on 31 May and called for measures to improve the safety of media workers in Iraq.
UNESCO Organizes International Conference on Broadcast Media and Climate Change
The International Conference on “Broadcast Media and Climate Change: A Public Service Remit” will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, 4 - 5 September 2009.
Technology alone will not bridge knowledge divides
“Knowledge societies should not be shaped and driven by technological forces but by societal choices”, UNESCO’s Abdul Waheed Khan said in Maastricht
Press Freedom campaign in Mongolia
UNESCO has concluded a month of celebrations of World Press Freedom Day and the media advocacy campaign “We want to Tell the Truth, but…” in Mongolia.
Director-General condemns murder of Mexican journalist Eliseo Barrón Hernández
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the kidnapping and murder at Gomez Palacio (in Durango, Mexico) of the Mexican journalist Eliseo Barrón Hernández.
Strengthening professional capacity of young Tajik journalists
Young TV, radio and print journalists from Tajikistan will attend summer training on practical journalism with the support of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). The courses, which will focus on reporting local development issues, are organized by the Independent School of Journalism “Tajikistan – 21st Century”.
Director-General condemns death of Somali journalists Abdirisak Warsameh Mohamed and Nur Muse Hussein
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the death of two Somali journalists, Abdirisak Warsameh Mohamed, shot on a street in Mogadiscio on 22 May, and Nur Muse Hussein, who died this week of injuries sustained in April when he was shot in the town of Beledweyne.
Conference on Gender and Ethics: Equality in the Newsroom starts tomorrow in Brussels
UNESCO partners with the International Federation of Journalist (IFJ), LO-TCO Secretariat of the International Trade Union Development Cooperation, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Media Support to organize a conference on Ethics and Gender: Equality in the Newsroom to be held from 30 to 31 May 2009 in Brussels, Belgium.
UN Committee on Information reiterates support to IPDC
The Committee on Information, an intergovernmental body tasked with reviewing progress in the field of United Nations public information, which met for its 31st session from 4 to 15 May 2009 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, stressed the importance of supporting UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
Planning of online platform for language learning takes shape
A group of international experts gathers today in Shanghai, China, to discuss the feasibility of a Cyber Network for Learning Languages, an online portal to web resources for learning languages.
Strengthening freedom of information law and practice in Tajikistan
An international workshop has produced a set of recommendations aimed at strengthening the right to information in Tajikistan. Entitled “Right to Information in Tajikistan: Law and Practice”, the workshop took place from 1 to 3 May 2009 in Khodja Obi Garm, outside of the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
UN forum discussed use of new technology to fight poverty, improve health
Experts on information and communication technology (ICT) from the United Nations, private industry, non-governmental organizations and government agencies met yesterday in Geneva to look at ways to use the latest digital innovations to fight poverty and improve public health.
UN announces launch of world’s first tuition-free, online university
A leading arm of the United Nations working to spread the benefits of information technology announced last week the launch of the first ever tuition-free online university. As part of this year’s focus on education, the UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technology and Development (GAID) presented the newly formed University of the People, a non-profit institution offering higher education to the masses.
Children need high quality TV programmes
The highest ethical and professional standards must be applied in making TV programmes for children, said UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Abdul Waheed Khan, in Macau (China), yesterday, addressing a workshop on strategies for improving children's TV programming in Asia-Pacific.
The first Urdu language e-edition of freedom of expression newsletter launched with UNESCO’s support
The Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP), with the support of UNESCO, launched the electronic edition of the new monthly freedom of expression newsletter, Sadiq News. This newsletter, written in Urdu, is an opportunity to inform a large audience about issues related to freedom of expression locally and internationally.
UNESCO and Sun Microsystems announce joint education and community development effort powered by open technologies
Open technologies are seen as key to social, educational and economic growth and greater digital inclusion. To support social and economic development, UNESCO and Sun Microsystems signed a Collaboration Agreement on 18 May at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 09.
UNESCO hosts Caribbean Media and Communication Conference in Grenada
UNESCO’s Office in Kingston, in collaboration with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) and the Grenada National Commission for UNESCO, organized the 12th Annual Caribbean Media and Communication Conference (CMCC) in St. Georges, Grenada, on 13 and 14 May 2009.
UNESCO trains Ethiopian and Djibouti media on IPDC project writing
Media professionals from Ethiopia and Djibouti benefited from two-day training on project development and proposal writing for grants offered through UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). Nine institutions from Ethiopia and two from Djibouti attended the workshop held on 27 and 28 April 2009.
Seminar on ICT Measurement and Indicators concluded in New Delhi
The Indian Department of Information Technology (DIT), in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), organized a Seminar on ICT Measurement and Indicators in New Delhi (India) from 12 to 14 May 2009.
Director-General condemns murder of Mexican journalist Carlos Ortega Melo Samper
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Mexican journalist Carlos Ortega Melo Samper, shot dead in the street on 3 May in Santa Maria del Oro, Durango state (Mexico).
Radio association in Peru concludes IPDC-supported project
Red Radial Amazónica, an association of six radio stations working towards strengthening quality information for excluded Peruvian populations, recently concluded activities supported by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). The project was approved for funding by the 51st IPDC Bureau in March 2007.
New WSIS Forum 09 format offers remote web-participation
Critical knowledge societies issues will be addressed in six high-level panels and 35 sessions with the participation of experts, practitioners, representatives of governments, civil society and the private sector during the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 09.
UNESCO to help community media with mobile content production
UNESCO is analysing the potential for mobile-friendly content to be generated by community media in the context of developing countries. As the use of mobile media steadily grows, the Organization is conducting a study on the possibility to shape alternative audio and video productions by community media into mobile content.
South Asian journalists commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2009
UNESCO, jointly with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Federation of Nepali Journalists, convened a regional conference in Kathmandu (Nepal) on 3 and 4 May to observe World Press Freedom Day. Participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka focused on this year’s theme “The Potential of Media in Fostering Dialogue, Mutual Understanding and Reconciliation”.