12 November 2002
Volume 11 - 2002 Issue 44 (12 Nov. 2002)
The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF) invites journalists from developing countries to apply for its 2003 program. Created in 1983 by former "Washington Post" editor Alfred Friendly, the fellowships give as many as 12 journalists each year an opportunity to gain hands-on journalism experience in American newsrooms.
Colombia's Foundation for New Latin American Journalism (Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, FNPI) and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) are holding a seminar on freedom of expression in December focused on media ethics and instilling an awareness of free-expression rights amongst the press, reports International Journalists' Network (IJNet).
The Panos Institute of West Africa (PIWA) and the African Institute of Political Geography (AFRIPOG) will be hosting a conference next week to launch a two-year initiative aimed at improving understanding of the media's role in fostering peace and stability in West Africa.
The political will of European governments to preserve media pluralism is weaker than ever, according to a study just published by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).
A special court in East Timor has indicted two Indonesian army officers for the 1999 murder of Dutch journalist Sander Thoenes, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Thoenes, a correspondent for the "Financial Times" and the "Christian Science Monitor," was murdered on 21 September 1999 while reporting on the violence that erupted after East Timor declared independence from Indonesia.
Amidst Venezuela's tense political situation, three organisations, including the Institute for Press and Society (Instituto Prensa y Libertad, IPYS), have been holding country-wide forums for young journalists aimed at creating a space for dialogue and fostering a culture of peace.
Nepalese authorities have released six journalists from prison, including three who wrote for a pro-Maoist publication, reports the Center for Human Rights and Democratic Studies (CEHURDES).
Don't expect China's soon-to-be new leader, Hu Jintao, to loosen the Communist Party's tight restrictions on freedom of expression. If there are to be positive changes, they will likely be cautious and aimed more at meeting the government's economic imperatives than expanding political, social or intellectual diversity, reports Index on Censorship (INDEX).
The World Bank and the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) have released a new study indicating that a free press can reduce poverty and boost economic development, adding ammunition to free-expression advocates who say the war on terrorism goes too far in curbing civil liberties.
Amongst journalists, cartoonists are often overlooked, isolated, and more prone to attacks because of their higher public profile, participants at a recent Cartoonists' Rights Network (CRN) workshop heard. "Cartoonists clearly need their own professional organisations," CRN said at the conclusion of the workshop, which ran from 19 to 21 October in Sinaia, Romania, and brought together cartoonists from nine countries, including Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Ukraine.
One year after the collapse of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, press freedom in the war-ravaged country has been generally positive, says a new report released this week by Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF). Independent radio stations are sprouting, women's magazines have been launched for the first time in years and the capital, Kabul, has 150 publications alone.