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UN SEMINAR DISCUSSES BUILDING INDIGENOUS MEDIA NETWORK

Indigenous journalists from around the globe met at the United Nations in New York, United States from 11-14 December to discuss the possibility of setting up an indigenous media network.

The workshop, which was organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information, covered issues ranging from indigenous peoples' access to information and the mainstream media, the new media, the World Conference against Racism and intellectual property rights. Participants stressed the importance of training programmes being available to indigenous journalists and media workers around the world so that indigenous peoples and issues may have a greater representation in the media.

Finally, those present at the workshop recommended that governments provide support by strengthening and/or creating indigenous journalism schools and that an international network of indigenous media schools be established.

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