By Richard Johnson | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis
GENEVA (IDN) - A new report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) faults both State and non-State actors for stopping journalists and other media professionals from documenting and disseminating information on human rights violations, environmental issues, corruption, organized crime, drug trafficking, public crises, emergencies or public demonstrations – and this with impunity.
Journalists are subject to abduction, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, expulsion, harassment, surveillance, search and seizure, torture and threats and acts of other forms of violence. Female journalists face additional risks, including being subjected to forms of sexual violence while covering public events or when in detention, says the report that the United Nations Human Rights Council debated on September 13, 2013.
By Ramesh Jaura | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis
BERLIN (IDN) - When Erik Bettermann, the outgoing director-general of the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, launched the Global Media Forum in 2008, he had an ambitious aim: to institute a 'media Davos' on the banks of the river Rhine. The recently concluded sixth Forum has indeed achieved that aim. It imbibed the essential spirit of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps and manifested alternative approaches guiding the World Social Forum.
More than 2,500 participants comprising representatives of mainstream, government controlled, alternative and social media as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and academia from over 100 countries attended the three-day conference from June 17 to 19, 2013 in the post-war historic city of Bonn and exchanged views on 'The Future of Growth - Economic Values and the Media' in some 50 workshops. They agreed that citizens are the key drivers of change, and that the media must build up an informed citizenry without which democracy would remain a farce.
By Kalinga Seneviratne | IDN-InDepth News Analysis
SINGAPORE (IDN) - While the Anglo-American international media has been beating the war drums on North Korean leader Jong-un’s threats to fire missiles at American bases in the region, commentaries in Asian newspapers have focused on why nobody in the region wants war and that trouble makers must be quietly calmed down.
Late March, President Kim, approved a plan to attack the U.S. mainland, Hawaii and Guam if the United States attacks the country. The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea's ruling party, listed U.S. military bases in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Misawa, Aomori and Okinawa in Japan as potential attack targets.
By R. Nastranis | IDN-InDepth NewsReport
VIENNA (IDN) - Media coverage of migration issues is far from conducive to promoting better understanding between cultures, religions and peoples around the world, according to a study presented at the Fifth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in Vienna on February 28.
The study – a pilot project by the UNAOC and the European Journalism Centre (EJC) – was a highlight of the Global Forum, which was attended by over 2,000 people from around the world. Participants included youth leaders, representatives from the private sector and civil society, journalists, foundations, alongside governmental and multilateral representatives.
By Shastri Ramachandaran*
NEW DELHI (IDN) - Working as a journalist in China's newspapers can be an eye-opening and engaging experience, revealing unsuspected potential and unforeseen possibilities. Such work, more often than not, is with the state media. To make the most of the situation, it is necessary to leave behind a lifetime's misconceptions and prejudices.
By Ramesh Jaura
BERLIN (IDN) - When he took to the road to correct imbalance in the flow of information, which was very much to the detriment of newly independent and developing countries, there was an air of optimism and trust, recalls Roberto Savio, a global citizen par excellence who embodies culture of peace and is a relentless champion of pluralism in the media.
By Kalinga Seneviratne
SINGAPORE (IDN) - The terror attacks in Norway on July 22 caught many Asians by surprise as Norway has branded itself very successfully over the years as a land of peacemakers. Now it seems that this image of Norway in particular and Europe in general is to undergo a 'market correction'.
By Megan Martin*
WASHINGTON, D.C. (IDN) - Wielding mobile phones and computers, the young activists across the Middle East have altered the way the world approaches popular mobilization, social networks and Internet freedom.
By Santosh Anchan*
NEW DELHI (IDN) - Africa has been the world's fastest growing region over the last decade in terms of mobile penetration. While fixed line penetration has stagnated at 4% in the continent, mobile has grown at an astonishing rate to 45% with North Africa leading at 73%. However broadband is lagging behind considerably when compared to other continents.
By Adrian Craddock
LONDON (IDN) - Prior to the 2010 South Africa World Cup, submarine fibre optic cabling was laid to improve the speed and reliability of broadband. Despite this, Internet World Statistics reports that only 11.4 percent of Africans have internet access, far below the global average of 30.2 percent.
Considering that a World Bank study suggests every 10 percent of broadband penetration increases developing countries' per capita GDP growth by 1.38 percent, the scarcity of Africa's online network has significant economic repercussions.
By Eric Walberg*
CAIRO (IDN) - Israel has extended its criminal siege of Gaza and occupation of the West Bank to Greek and other European airports. In doing so, it is encouraging anti-Jewish sentiment where there is none, by way of insisting it speaks on behalf of the world's Jews, its very raison d'etre being to act as a "safe haven" for them.