International Media Mission assessed press freedom in Nepal
UNESCO, in response to requests from local media in Nepal, took part in the 6th International Media Mission to the country, along with other media and press freedom organizations, such as the International Federation of Journalists, Article 19, International Media Support, the World Press Freedom Committee, Reporters without Borders and the International Press Institute, who have been closely monitoring the Nepali transition vis-à-vis the press freedom and freedom of expression.
Inauguration in Buenos Aires of International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights
On 13 February, UNESCO’s Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, will preside over the inauguration in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights. Under the auspices of UNESCO, it will operate from buildings formerly occupied by ESMA, the Navy Mechanics School. During Argentina’s military dictatorship (1976-1983), ESMA became the largest centre for the detention and execution of civilians.
UNESCO-supported Latin American audio platform continues to expand
Radioteca is an online portal for Latin American radio stations that was set up with the financial support of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). This service offers now more than 5,000 downloadable audios and has over 85,000 visitors per month, with an average of 3,000 hits per day. Most of the 1,500 registered radio stations are based in Latin America; some of them are located in the Caribbean.
Director-General condemns assassination of Somali journalist Said Tahlil Ahmed
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the assassination of Somali journalist Said Tahlil Ahmed who was killed on 4 February.
UNESCO-supported international conference on knowledge networking concluded in India
The Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science (SALIS), in collaboration with UNESCO and B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College, organized the International Conference on Knowledge Networking in ICT Era. It took place from 22 to 24 January 2009 in Chennai, India.
Director-General condemns murder of Kenyan journalist Francis Nyaruri
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Kenyan journalist Francis Nyaruri and called for an investigation into the killing.
UNESCO strengthens Palestinian participatory democracy and public dialogue
UNESCO is starting a two year project to foster participatory dialogue between Palestinian citizens and the decision-makers. The aim is to strengthen democratic processes through citizen journalism, blogging and public debates in new and electronic media. The project, developed by the UNESCO Office in Ramallah and the AMIN Media Network, has been established thanks to a grant from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) after a highly competitive global call for proposals.
MOWCAP moves on: Bangkok beckons Bureau
Preparations for Memory, an exciting new coffee table book on Asia Pacific documentary heritage, final planning for an imminent regional workshop in Seoul, and the launch of Thailand’s national Memory of the World register - just some of the items on the crowded agenda of the 9th Bureau meeting of the MOWCAP (UNESCO Memory of the World Committee for Asia Pacific), held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1 to 4 February.
Good practices in community media to be discussed at UNESCO Headquarters next week
A group of 16 experts consisting of community media researchers, practitioners, network leaders and representatives of associations/organizations selected worldwide will participate in the Experts Consultative Meeting on Good Practices in Community Media, to be held from 9 to 11 February 2009 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France.
Parents in the digital era: UNESCO to launch guide on child cyber-protection
On 5 February 2009, the Moroccan National Observatory on Children’s Rights (ONDE), the UNESCO Office in Rabat and Microsoft Morocco will launch their guide on the role of parents in the digital era. The launch will take place during the event organized by the three partners under the Presidency of her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, at Golden Tulip Farah, in Rabat, Morocco, with the aim to sensitise parents and teachers on the importance of child cyber-protection.
UNESCO addresses needs for the protection of journalists expressed in the UN Flash Appeal for Gaza
UNESCO has donated protective vests, helmets and press signs to Palestinian journalists in Gaza in a response to an urgent need to improve the safety of media. UNESCO’s proposal in the UN Flash Appeal launched yesterday focuses on strengthening the safety of media professionals and the press freedom in the Gaza Strip.
UNESCO hosts Moscow seminar on women journalists in post-conflict countries
UNESCO is co-organizing an International seminar, “Women Journalists – Experiences of Building Peace Communication in Post Conflict Countries”, to be held at the Central House of Journalists, in Moscow, Russian Federation, from 2 to 3 February.
New discussion on Open Educational Resources to start next week
The UNESCO Open Educational Resources (OER) Community is launching a new three-week discussion on the subject of access issues. The discussion will take place from 9 to 27 February 2009 and is open to all.
UNESCO Brasilia Office condemns attack against Anhanguera Communication Network
It was with much disappointment and increasing concern that the UNESCO Office in Brasilia received the news of the grenade attack against the headquarters of a newspaper belonging to the Anhanguera Communication Network, last Wednesday night (21 January 2009) in the city of Campinas, São Paulo.
Director-General condemns murder of two Russian journalists and a human rights lawyer
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the killings of two Russian journalists Anastasia Baburova and Shafiq Amrakhov and of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov. The Director-General also called for an investigation into the separate incidents.
Director-General condemns killing of Venezuelan journalist Orel Sambrano
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the assassination of Venezuelan journalist Orel Sambrano who was killed on 16 January.
Director-General condemns murder of Sri Lankan newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunga
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunga, editor of the Sri Lankan newspaper Sunday Leader.
UNESCO-supported training on future libraries concluded in New Delhi
A training workshop on Greenstone Digital Library Software entitled Future Libraries: Advanced GSDL and RFID took place from 14 to 16 January 2009 at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. In was jointly organized by UNESCO, the New Delhi Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the Department of Information Technology (Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India), the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Greenstone Support for South Asia.
Director-General condemns brutal murder of Nepalese journalist Uma Singh
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the brutal killing of Nepalese journalist and feminist activist Uma Singh on 11 January.
UNESCO releases English version of its publication on languages in cyberspace
UNESCO releases the English version of its publication Securing a Place for a Language in Cyberspace, which first appeared in French in 2007 and has been translated in several languages since then. The original version was prepared with the assistance of the Latin Union and the intellectual contribution of the expert Marcel Diki-Kidiri.
UNESCO is assisting China in journalism education reform
The International Centre for Communication Studies at the Tsinghua University, the leading higher education establishment of China, hosted the First Symposium on Global Journalism Education Reform from 19 to 21 December 2008.
UNESCO Office in Rabat to organise training on newspaper design in Arabic
A training workshop for journalism teachers and media professionals will take place from 19 to 23 January 2009 at the Institut supérieur de l’information et de la communication (ISIC) in Rabat, Morocco. It will focus on newspaper design in Arabic.
Chinese and Egyptian laureates to receive UNESCO prize for the use of ICT in Education
Today, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will award the 2008 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education to the Chinese and Egyptian laureates, Zhang Deming and Hoda Baraka. Mr Matsuura will present each of the laureates with a diploma and US$25,000 during the ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters, in the presence of the Minister of Education of Bahrain, Majed Bin Ali Al-Noaimi.
Nepal: UN rights office condemns killing of journalist amid growing attacks on media
The United Nations human rights office in Nepal deplored the brutal murder of a female journalist who was hacked to death in her own home and called on local authorities to conduct an immediate investigation.
Director-General deplores attacks on media installations in Gaza and condemns killing of journalist Basel Faraj
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, deplored attacks on media installations in Gaza and condemned the killing of Palestinian journalist Basel Faraj who died on the line of duty on 6 January.
UNESCO forum focused on media for dialogue among civilizations
“Even though the notions of identity and otherness, universality and particularity seem rather abstract, the civilizational references determine our life on an every day basis. They affect the way we perceive ourselves, the way we interact with our neighbours, TV channels that we choose to watch and technology we choose to use,” said Abhimanyu Singh, Director of the UNESCO Office in Beijing, at the opening of UNESCO’s Forum on Media and ICT for the Dialogue among Civilizations.