17 September 2002
Volume 11 - 2002 Issue 36 (17 Sep. 2002)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is seeking applications for its recently-launched AISI Media Awards, a new prize honouring individual journalists and media outlets that have made a significant contribution to promoting and raising awareness of the information society in Africa.
Advocates of free expression take note: as a prelude to the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has launched an online discussion forum to invite input and comments from civil society on free expression and the Internet.
The Institute for Press and Society (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, IPYS) has announced the launch of a new award aimed at encouraging better reporting on corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is inviting online surfers to visit its revamped website which introduces new features and visual displays that the organisation says will make it "the place" on the Internet for information on training, networking and media news for women journalists.
The Council of Europe's decision-making body, the Committee of Ministers (CoM), will be holding a conference this month to discuss press freedom and the role of the media in democratic societies. The conference will be held from 30 September to 1 October 2002 at the Centre Thermal de Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg.
The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) will be holding its 58th General Assembly in Lima, Peru, next month. Taking place from 25 to 29 October, the meeting will feature the presentation of reports on the state of press freedom in each Latin American country.
The Pakistani government has drawn the ire of the country's biggest press groups following the adoption of three new press laws that create stiffer penalties for defamation and establish a media council under the control of the state, writes Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
The International Press Institute (IPI) and the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) are gearing up to send a delegation of media professionals to assess the state of press freedom in Venezuela.
The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), ARTICLE 19 and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have expressed alarm at an Indonesian government proposal to pass a law that would ban foreign radio and television programs and encourage state interference in public broadcasting.
The threat of terrorism "must not be used as an excuse to impose restrictions on freedom of expression," 46 press-freedom and human-rights groups declared last week at IFEX's 10th General Meeting in Dakar, Senegal.
One year after the September 11 attacks on the United States, journalists around the world face a "complex new press freedom landscape with increased restrictions and charged rhetoric," says a new report recently released by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).