Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi TV cameraman Orhan Hijran
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Iraqi cameraman Orhan Hijran, who died in an explosion on 21 October.
Workshop in South Africa to assess media and information literacy in teacher education
UNESCO, in partnership with the University of Pretoria, will hold a Regional Training of Trainers Workshop on the Draft Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Curriculum for Teacher Education at the Groenkloof Campus of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, from 3 to 6 November 2009.
UNESCO launches new logo for World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
UNESCO is pleased to announce the new logo for the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, which was chosen from an impressive number of proposals submitted by designers and those interested in audiovisual heritage.
Second Global Forum on the Power of Peace
Bangkok, Thailand : 28-30 October 2009. UNESCO, in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, is organizing the Second Global Forum on the Power of Peace, which will be a timely occasion to build on past discussions commencing with the first Forum on the power of Peace held in Bali, Indonesia in January 2007.
UNESCO opens regional media training center in Beirut
UNESCO Beirut and the Arab Union for News Agencies launched the new training facility of the Regional Media-Training Center for Journalism and News Agencies in Lebanon on Monday, 19 October 2009.
UNESCO discuss about media accountability with the SEE delegations
Is media self – regulation spreading in the South East Europe? How is UNESCO helping this process? Which are currently the relationships between journalism and politics? These items were among those discussed on Monday, 12 October in Paris at the UNESCO’s headquarters during an Information Meeting on the Regional Programme “Alignment to International Standards in the Media Sector of South East European Countries”.
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.
Director-General condemns murder of Mexican reporter Fabián Ramírez López
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Mexican radio presenter Fabián Ramírez López whose body was found in the coastal city of Mazatlán on 11 October.
Director-General welcomes pledge by de facto government to lift emergency decree in Honduras
The Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura welcomes the declaration by the de facto government of Honduras that it was lifting an emergency decree that imposed restrictions on freedom of expression.
UNESCO’s initiative to strengthen journalism schools in Africa gains momentum
UNESCO’s initiative to upgrade journalism schools in Africa to Centers of Excellence and Centers of Reference in journalism education is gaining momentum.
Director-General of UNESCO condemns the killing of Nigerian news editor Bayo Ohu
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Bayo Ohu, the assistant news editor of the Nigerian daily newspaper, The Guardian, on 20 September.
Radio journalists trained on election reporting in Rwanda
The UNESCO initiated Radio Salus project continues to strengthen professional journalism in Rwanda: around thirty journalists from the radio were given a two-day training on election reporting ahead of the August 9, 2010 Rwanda’s presidential elections.
UNESCO recruits expert on media in conflict and post-conflict situations
A post of programme specialist is open for recruitment at the Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace of UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector. The post is initially planned for the limited duration, from 1 January until 1 September 2010. The major responsibility of the incumbent will consist in implementing projects related to media assistance in conflict and post-conflict areas.
Getting the Story and Telling it Right: UNESCO publishes handbook on HIV and AIDS
UNESCO and the Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) have published a handbook that presents factual, analytical and practical information about television programmes on HIV and AIDS.
Director-General condemns violence against media workers and their assistants
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, welcomed the liberation of New York Times journalist Stephen Farrell and deplored the killing of Sultan Munadi, who had worked as his interpreter.
Roundtable on impunity of crimes against journalists took place in Philippines
Experts in law, human rights, history, political science, psychology, anthropology and communication joined media representatives in a roundtable discussion on the culture of impunity of crimes committed against journalists, on 15 September 2009 in San Juan, Philippines.
International conference in Zagreb to discuss application of UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators
A UNESCO-supported conference, based on a study that has been carried out using UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators, will take place on 25 September 2009 in Zagreb, Croatia, to discuss the state of the Croatian media landscape.
UNESCO commissions media assessment for the Great Lakes region
The recommendations from a 2008 Regional Conference on Media in the Great Lakes region, jointly organized in Kigali by UNESCO, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the International Media Support (IMS), have resulted in plans for media assessments in 11 African countries. These assessments will look into a multitude of needs, including media training, conflict sensitive reporting and building a sustainable media landscape.
Irina Bokova chosen by UNESCO Executive Board as candidate to the post of Director-General
The 58 members of UNESCO’s Executive Board on 22 September designated Irina Gueorguieva Bokova (Bulgaria) as candidate to the post of Director-General. On 15 October, the nomination will be submitted to the approval of the General Conference, which brings together representatives of the Organization’s 193 Member States. Once confirmed, she will be the first woman Director-General of the Organization.
DR Congo: UN deplores death threats against journalists
The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) yesterday denounced death threats against three journalists operating in the war-scarred country, warning that a free, diversified press is a prerequisite to the development of democracy.
UNESCO-supported Nepali NGO launches a set of indicators on community media
The Nepali Community Radio Support Centre (CRSC) has recently launched a new manual entitled Community Radio Performance Assessment System. This most comprehensive set of indicators concerning community media is the result of a decade-long work of CRSC in promoting, enabling and facilitating the community radio movement in Nepal.
IFAP Information Society Observatory successfully launched
Further to the adoption by UNESCO’s Executive Board, at its 180th session, of the Strategic Plan for the Information for All Programme (IFAP), UNESCO has assumed the task of assisting Member States in the formulation of national information policy frameworks, in particular within the framework of IFAP.
UNESCO Digital Library Majaliss opens up classical Arabic literature to public
The Arabic word ‘Majaliss’ means ‘a place of sitting’ used to describe various types of formal legislative assemblies in Islamic countries; it is also a common term used for a meeting, dialogue or exchange. UNESCO’s Digital Library Majaliss offers a modern platform for sharing digitised books of classical Arabic literature among a large and diverse public.
UNESCO provides safety training to Gaza media professionals
35 media professionals from 20 media outlets in Gaza attended a safety training course, organized by UNESCO’s Office in Ramallah and Ma’an Network last August in Cairo. For many participants it was the first time they could travel out of the Gaza Strip. The participants also received psycho-social support in a subsequent workshop on how to deal with the stress and trauma that media professionals in conflict zones often have to endure.
IASL Conference focuses on role of school libraries in preparing pupils for the future
UNESCO participated in the 38th Annual Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), which concluded last week in Padua, Italy. This year’s theme, School Libraries in the Picture: Preparing Pupils and Students for the Future, highlighted the increasingly important role of school libraries to equip students in the 21st century with the abilities to use information effectively and develop critical thinking and life-long learning skills that are essential to responsible citizenship.
International seminar on new Ecuadorian communications law ends in Quito
UNESCO’s Office in Quito, in collaboration with the International Centre for the Advanced Study of Communication in Latin America (CIESPAL), hosted an international seminar entitled ‘Towards the Construction of a Communications Law in Ecuador’. The seminar took place in Quito (Ecuador) from 24 to 26 August 2009, several months ahead of the final law that is constitutionally scheduled to be adopted by October this year.
Summit in Namibia to focus on advantages of ICT for rural communities
The UNESCO Office in Windhoek and the Ounongo Technology Centre are organizing a two-day summit in Gobabis, Namibia, from 22 to 23 September 2009. ‘Information and Communication Technology: The Oxygen for Democracy and Service Delivery’ is the theme of the event, which will look at the opportunities offered by ICT to rural Namibia.
UNESCO helps preserve Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Archives in Cambodia
The UNESCO Office in Phnom Penh will assist the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in the preservation of the historical documentary collection from the former S-21 prison and interrogation centre. It is estimated that over 15,000 prisoners were held in this former high school by the Pol Pot regime. The collection, which has been inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, contains photographs, ‘confessions’ and biographical records of prisoners.
Declaration for an increased public awareness of climate change
Regional broadcasting unions, international broadcasting associations and other stakeholders decided to increase regional and international cooperation, with the support of UN, and step up their efforts to give media exposure to climate change so as to help mitigate its impact and avert potential human suffering. This decision is part of a declaration adopted at the end of a two-day conference at UNESCO Headquarters on 4 and 5 September.
Director-General condemns killing of photojournalist and documentary film-maker Christian Poveda in El Salvador
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Franco-Spanish photojournalist and documentary film-maker Christian Poveda who was shot dead in El Salvador on 2 September.