Second set of roundtables on media accountability starts in South East Europe
UNESCO is giving a new kick-off to the discussion on media accountability in South East Europe by launching the second cycle of national events in the region. The project, Alignment to International Standards in the Media Sector of South-East European Countries, aims at encouraging, assisting and accelerating media reforms in the South-East European countries.
Uganda: Director-General deplores death of journalist Paul Kiggundu
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, deplored the death of Paul Kuggundu, correspondent of Top Radio and several TV stations in Uganda, on 10 September in the southern town of Rakai. The journalist was killed by an angry crowd during a demonstration.
UNESCO hosts inaugural meeting of Iraqi Media Elections Advisory Board
The inaugural meeting of the Iraqi Media Elections Advisory Board, held on 16 August 2010 in Baghdad (Iraq), gathered representatives of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), the Communications and Media Commission (CMC) and key UN agencies: UNAMI, UNDP and IEAT.
UNESCO presents Media Elections Project to Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq
On 15 August 2010 the UNESCO Office for Iraq made an official presentation of the Media Elections Project to the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) Board at its headquarters in Baghdad. IHEC, together with the Communications and Media Commission (CMC), is one of the key Iraqi stakeholders engaged in the UNESCO-led Media Elections Project.
Workshop on information policies in Asia started today in Bangkok
UNESCO’s Office in Bangkok in cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Information Network (APIN) have organized a workshop on Information Policies and Statistics in Asia. The workshop, which is taking place from 13 to 15 September 2010 in Bangkok (Thailand), aims to develop a coordinated regional strategy on information policies.
UNESCO Director-General condemns wave of journalist killings
“The wave of journalist killings we have seen in recent days is cause for deep concern and must stand condemned,” said UNESCO Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, following the murders of four journalists between 5 and 8 September. The Director-General urged national authorities in the countries concerned to do everything within their power to bring the assassins to justice.
Information Meeting with Permanent Delegates outlines future UNESCO communication and information activities
More than 100 Ambassadors and Permanent Delegates to UNESCO attended the Information Meeting organized by the Communication and Information (CI) Sector last week at UNESCO Headquarters. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the Member States on the activities of the Sector and engage in dialogue on the Sector’s work.
Access, diversity, and freedom of expression: UNESCO at Internet Governance Forum
The 5th meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, from 14 to 17 September 2010. UNESCO is organizing two workshops around the issues of freedom of expression, social networking and privacy. UNESCO will also take this opportunity to present its work on multilingualism, open access, open educational resources as well as on ICT and persons with special needs in an Open Forum.
When Nations Remember: An International Conference on Memory
On 11 and 12 October 2010, the National Library of Singapore will be organizing an international conference that is intended to be a platform to share initiatives by nations and institutions on building collective memories. It will present activities being undertaken by heritage sector institutions and other bodies currently working in this field.
UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi TV presenter Riad al-Saray
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemned the murder of prominent Iraqi television anchorman Riad al-Saray, who was shot dead on 7 September by unknown gunmen in Baghdad.
Building disaster resilience of Pacific radio stations
The Pacific Media Partnership and Development Forum, organized by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in Nuku’alofa (Tonga) during the last week of August 2010, provided the platform for a two-day UNESCO training workshop on disaster risk management (DRM).
UNESCO to hold Workshop "Exploring Privacy and Social Networking" at the Fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania
Building on outcomes from the High Level Debate on Social Networking at World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2010, UNESCO is organizing a workshop at the forthcoming IGF in Vilnius, Lithuania, as a follow-up on previous discussions focused on the issue of privacy and legal frameworks for privacy protection.
UN supports MDG reporting in the Pacific
The United Nations Country Teams (UNCT) in Fiji and Samoa organized a training workshop for Pacific media organizations in Suva, Fiji, from 23 to 27 August 2010. The event was a tangible response to the need for a stronger communication for development focus in media reporting, particularly around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UNESCO to launch the “Freedom of Connection – Freedom of Expression: The Changing Legal and Regulatory Ecology Shaping the Internet” report at the Fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania
UNESCO will organize, for the fifth year, workshops at IGF 2010 (14-17 September 2010) with the aim to spark off international debate on freedom of expression in cyberspace. UNESCO would also take this opportunity to release an in-depth analysis and report entitled “Freedom of Connection – Freedom of Expression: The Changing Legal and Regulatory Ecology Shaping the Internet” conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute.
Conference on information ethics in Africa to take place next week in Botswana
UNESCO sponsors an international conference on information ethics in Africa, which will be hosted by the University of Botswana on 6 and 7 September 2010 in Gaborone. The third in the series of such events, the conference will focus on research and future development of African information ethics curricula.
Educating journalists as architects of democracy
UNESCO, in partnership with the Governance and AIDS Programme of Idasa (Idasa-GAP), is organizing a two-day meeting to launch a community of practice on innovations in journalism education. The meeting will be held on 2 and 3 September 2010 in Cape Town (South Africa).
Honduras: UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of radio journalist Israel Zelaya Diaz
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemned the murder of the Honduran radio journalist Israel Zelaya Diaz, killed on 24 August, and called on Honduran authorities to take action against the surge of violence targeting local journalists since the beginning of the year.
UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of journalist Magomedvagif Sultanmagomedov in Dagestan
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has condemned the murder of Magomedvagif (Sultan) Sultanmagomedov on 11 August in the Republic of Dagestan (Russian Federation). He was the editor-in-chief of the television station Makhachkala-TV and had escaped a previous attempt on his life in 2008.
UNESCO Director-General deplores death of Somali journalist Barkhad Awale Adan
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova deplored the death of Somali journalist Barkhad Awale Adan, who was killed on 24 August in Mogadishu in a clash between Transitional Federation Government troops and the insurgent group Al-Shabaab.
UNESCO supported Summer School in China on Media Ethics
UNESCO has supported a one-week workshop on Media Law & Ethics in Teaching, Research and Practice, jointely hosted by the Chinese Association of Global Communication (CAGC), the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University (PCMLP), the Department of Journalism and Communication at Beijing Foreign Studies University and the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University. The workshop is taking place from August 23 to 28, 2010 at Tsinghua University, in Beijing.
UNESCO Director-General condemns killing of Indonesian journalist Ridwan Salamun
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has condemned the murder of television journalist Ridwan Salamun, killed on 21 August while covering a clash between villagers in Tual, Malaku, Indonesia.
Indrajit Banerjee New Director of UNESCO’s Information Society Division
Indrajit Banerjee, an expert on the social impact of information and communication technologies, has just taken office as Director of UNESCO’s Information Society Division.
Journalism education in Nepal set to benefit from UNESCO’s Model Curricula
“The use of UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education could boost the Nepal media sector”, agreed participants of a consultation meeting on the adaption of the model last month in Kathmandu.
Establishment of Namibian digital education library on agenda of today’s meeting in Windhoek
The Ministry of Education of Namibia, in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Windhoek, is hosting a meeting on the possibility to create a digital education library for Namibia. The meeting is taking place today in Windhoek to discuss the Namibian Digital Education Library Needs Assessment, commissioned by UNESCO and prepared by Open Learning Exchange.
UNESCO hosted meeting on Media Training, Journalism Education and Gender Equality at WJEC-2
UNESCO participated in the 2nd World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC), held in Grahamstown (South Africa) from 5 to 6 July 2010. In partnership with the Southern African NGO Gender Links, it hosted a consultative meeting on Media Training, Journalism Education and Gender Equality, which explored the key findings of the Audit of Gender in Media Education in Southern Africa.
Call for comments on next venue for WSIS Forum 2011
An open consultation on the venue for WSIS Forum 2011 (16-20 May) is taking place from 10 August to 15 September. Organized by UNESCO together with ITU, UNCTAD and UNDP, it consists of an online discussion, a submission of written contributions and an announcement of the decision. All institutions, companies, networks and individuals interested in the question are invited to participate in this process.
Science journalism initiative moves forward
After a meeting in Pretoria, the representatives of three African academics have reported to UNESCO on the progress of the science journalism initiative. Launched in 2008, the UNESCO-supported initiative aims at developing a post-graduate curriculum in science, health and environmental reporting.
UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of community radio chairman in Nepal
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemned the murder of Devi Prasad Dhital, the chairman of the community radio station Tulsipur FM, on 22 July in Nepal’s western district of Dang.
UNESCO partners with IFJ to develop gender sensitive indicators for media
How can gender balance be measured in media organizations? What is required to improve the path towards fair gender portrayal in the news? UNESCO and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) will jointly develop indicators for effective evaluation of progress made in this area.
UNESCO’s comparative legal survey on freedom of information translated into Arabic
The second, updated and revised, edition of Toby Mendel’s Freedom of Information: A Comparative Legal Survey has been translated into Arabic and is now available both in print and online versions.