Director-General condemns murder of Turkish journalist Cihan Hayirsevener
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of Turkish journalist Cihan Hayirsevener, who was shot dead on 18 December in Bandirma, in Balikesir province. Ms Bokova also called for an investigation into the killing.
Director-General condemns killing of Colombian journalist Harold Humberto Rivas Quevedo
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, today condemned the murder of Colombian television journalist Harold Humberto Rivas Quevedo on 15 December and called for an investigation into this crime.
Director-General condemns assassination of Brazilian radio host José Givonaldo Vieira
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, today condemned the assassination of José Givonaldo Vieira, who was shot dead in Bezerros, in the State of Pernambuco, on 14 December.
Supporting development of media curricula in Belarus
The UNESCO Office in Moscow supported a series of curricula development activities in Belarus with the aim to provide academic community with knowledge and materials on media self-regulation and the rule of law. A summer school and two books published in the end of 2009 provide the Journalism Department of the Belarusian State University with a solid theoretical knowledge and practical skills to introduce future journalists and mid-career professionals to the notion of media regulation and self-regulation.
Media legislation discussed at roundtable in Montenegro
The current situation and the future of media self-regulation in Montenegro, as well as issues related to media legislation in the country, were the main topics discussed on 30 November in Podgorica during a national roundtable organized by UNESCO.
Media campaigns promote Millennium Development Goals in Moldova
A roundtable took place last November in Chisinau, Moldova, to discuss outcomes of the regional media project, implemented by the Association of Independent Press (API) with the support of UNESCO’s Moscow Office, in the framework of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
Manual for investigative journalists launched in China
As a part of its initiative to promote accountability and professional standards in journalism, UNESCO supported the School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University of China to translate a manual on investigative journalism into Chinese.
UNESCO continues its series of roundtables on media self-regulation
Thanks to UNESCO’s support, about 35 media professionals gathered last November in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to discuss the importance of media self-regulation for democracy. The Croatian Media Self-Regulation National Roundtable was organized by UNESCO, in collaboration with the University of Dubrovnik and OSCE, as part of the UNESCO project, Alignment to International Standards in the Media Sector of South-East European Countries.
Teacher trainers from South Asia discussed media and information literacy
Teacher trainers from South Asia gathered last week in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a workshop on UNESCO’s Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teacher Education. 35 participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan discussed how to educate young people to stay informed in the modern world.
UNESCO supports seminar on climate change for media professionals in Azerbaijan
Impact of climate change in Azerbaijan and the role of media in preventing a potential cataclysm were among the topics discussed at a capacity building seminar for media professionals held last month in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku.
Consultation in Bahrain commits Arab countries to improving journalism education
A Regional Consultation on the Adaptation of UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries took place from 8 to 10 December in Bahrain. It resulted in a set of recommendations committing GCC countries to improve the quality of journalism education in the region.
First Arab manual for investigative journalists launched in Amman
UNESCO and ARIJ (an independent Arab non-profit organization) officially launched the first Arab manual for investigative journalists at the second ARIJ conference, which took place last November in Amman, Jordan. Entitled Story-Based Inquiry: A manual for investigative journalists, the publication was jointly produced by UNESCO and ARIJ to fill the gap in the literature of the profession.
UNESCO to host international meeting on ICT and national development strategies
UNESCO is to host an international meeting at its Headquarters in Paris on 17 December 2009 to further the inclusion of information and communication technologies (ICT) as part of national development strategies, and to highlight the valuable role that ICT can play in reaching the Millennium Development Goals.
Experts meeting on mobile media and development to take place this week at UNESCO
A group of 20 global experts consisting of representatives from mobile phone service providers, practitioners of mobile media in development, and broadcasters from developing and developed countries will participate in the Experts Consultative meeting on Mobile Media and Development to be held on 17 and 18 December 2009 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
Consultation on UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education to take place in Rabat next week
UNESCO’s Rabat Office is organizing a consultation meeting for the adaptation of the Model Curricula for Journalism Education to French-speaking Maghreb countries. The meeting will take place from 14 to 16 December 2009 at the Higher Institute of Information and Communication (ISIC) in Rabat.
UNESCO and FEMNET launch resource book on right of African women to information
Supported by UNESCO, the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), a pan-African organization working to promote women’s rights and development in the continent since 1988, published a resource book Freedom of Information (FOI) & Women’s Rights in Africa.
UNESCO’s comparative survey on freedom of information translated into Chinese
UNESCO, in collaboration with Peking University of China, has translated the book Freedom of Information: A Comparative Legal Survey into Chinese.
UNESCO and ICANN sign partnership agreement to promote linguistic diversity on Internet
A significant step was taken on 10 December 2009 towards greater linguistic diversity on the Internet when UNESCO signed an agreement with ICANN - the body that assigns online addresses to Internet users - to help put into operation the first multilingual domain names.
Meeting in Montevideo discussed ICT statistics in education
The second meeting of the Working Group on ICT Statistics in Education (WISE) was held from 2 to 4 December 2009 in Montevideo, Uruguay. It was organized by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in cooperation with UNESCO’s Office in Montevideo.
UNESCO-supported Yearbook on youth, media and social change just published
UNESCO has once again joined hands with its long-standing partner, the International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media based at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, to publish the 2009 Yearbook Youth Engaging with the World: Media, Communication and Social Change.
Future of Serbia Press Council discussed at UNESCO roundtable
The role of the new Press Council of Serbia and the media self-regulation in the country were among the items discussed during the roundtable organized by UNESCO in Novi Sad on 19 November. The event was prepared in collaboration with the Novi Sad School of Journalism and OSCE, as part of the UNESCO project, Alignment to International Standards in the Media Sector of South East European Countries.
Director-General condemns killing of Mexican journalist José Emilio Galindo Robles
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the murder of José Emilio Galindo Robles, director of Radio Universidad de Guadalajara in Ciudad Guzmán (Mexico). He was found dead in his home on 24 November.
Template for national information society policies discussed at Moscow meeting
The participants of the First Consultation Meeting of National Committees for UNESCO’s Information for All Programme (IFAP), which is currently taking place in Moscow, are discussing ways of implementing the National Information Society Policy, a template document recently developed by IFAP.
UNESCO Director-General condemns bombing that killed three journalists, three ministers and students in Somalia
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO condemned the suicide bombing in Mogadishu (Somalia) on 3 December, which took the lives of three Transitional Federal Government (TFG) ministers, three journalists and at least nine students.
Google and UNESCO announce alliance to provide virtual visits of several World Heritage sites
Sites inscribed on the World Heritage List – the Palace of Versailles in France, the historic centre of Prague in the Czech Republic and the old town of Cáceres in Spain, for example – can now be explored online, thanks to an alliance signed by UNESCO and the international corporation Google.
UNESCO organized roundtable on self-regulation of printed media in Kosovo
UNESCO and the Press Council of Kosovo organized a national roundtable in Prishtina, Kosovo (as understood in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244), under the theme “Self Regulation of Printed Media in Kosovo”. The meeting took place last month and was a result of cooperation with the South-East European Network for the Professionalization of Media (SEENPM) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
First Consultation Meeting of IFAP National Committees to take place next week in Moscow
The First Consultation Meeting of National Committees for UNESCO’s Information for All Programme (IFAP) will take place on 7 and 8 December 2009 in Moscow, Russia. This meeting is jointly organized by the IFAP Intergovernmental Council, the UNESCO Secretariat, the Russian IFAP Committee and its working body - the Interregional Library Cooperation Centre. It is officially sponsored by the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO and the Russian Ministry of Culture.
UNESCO organizes regional consultation on its Model Curricula for Journalism Education
UNESCO is organizing a regional consultation meeting on the possible adaptation of its Model Curricula for Journalism Education in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries of the Arab region. The meeting will take place from 8 to 10 December 2009, at the University of Bahrain.
Asian broadcasters attend conference on media dialogue thanks to UNESCO support
UNESCO sponsored the participation of broadcasters from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine and Vietnam in the 3rd Asia-Pacific and Europe Media Dialogue.
UNESCO Director-General urges full investigation into Philippines massacre
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova urged the Government of the Philippines to carry out a full and swift investigation into a murderous attack on a convoy in the Minguindanao Province on 23 November, in which more than 55 people, including at least 27 journalists, were killed.