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Publications by year: 2013

A Journey through Digital Society

This book invites you to a journey through digital society with the people that are making it happen, to discover a world that we don’t necessarily know: our own. Our world, whose limits and constraints sometimes frustrate us, can be seen in a better light here, as a wonderful, constantly renewed land to be explored, and a call to release the unlimited potential of the human spirit, innovation and creativity.

Assessment of media development in Egypt

In 2013 an in-depth Assessment of Media Development was completed in Egypt. Following the demonstrations of 2011 and the downfall of the Mubarak regime there was a pressing need for an assessment of the media in Egypt and immediate calls by civil society for significant reform of the legal framework governing the media. The UNESCO Media Development Indicators (MDIs) Report was completed within this context.

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Assessment of media development in Gabon

The media landscape of Gabon has been liberalized since 1991. Nevertheless, it has evolved slowly caused by a media monopoly held since the 1980s. Today however the media is growing in its plurality and diversity. In 2010, the Gabonese authorities had expressed a desire to revise the current laws on media. This Report uses the Media Development Indicators (MDIs) to analyse the different aspects of the media environment in Gabon and make recommendations to aid the government improve the media laws to foster media development in a plural and diverse manner.

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Assessment of media development in Nepal

Nepal’s media have developed tremendously over the past decades. UNESCO’s pioneering base-line study “Assessment of Media Development in Nepal”, launched on 19 December 2013, provides comprehensive material to analyze the country’s media landscape. Applying the UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators, the Study contributes to present discussions on constitutional and legal reforms and media self-regulation mechanisms.

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Assessment of media development in Tunisia

It is widely recognized that the media have a central role to play in the transition to democracy and the strengthening of political rights and civil liberties. This study, based on the Media Development Indicators (MDIs) of UNESCO, examines progress that has been made in media development in Tunisia since the Arab Spring of 2011. The MDIs provide a comprehensive framework for analyzing strengths and weaknesses of the current media environment in Tunisia, drawing on a proven methodology that is based on international standards and good practice.

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Climate change in Africa: a guidebook for journalists

This book responds to a very real need in African journalists’ reporting of the complex phenomenon of climate change. Climate change poses a clear danger to lives and livelihoods across Africa. Journalists there have critical roles to play in explaining the cause and effects of climate change, in describing what countries and communities can do to adapt to the impacts ahead, and in reporting on what governments and companies do, or do not do, to respond to these threats.

EURid-UNESCO world report on IDN deployment 2013

For the third consecutive year, the EU domain name registry and UNESCO are jointly publishing the World Report, which analyses the uptake of Internationalised Domain Names and identifies gaps that need to be filled in order to facilitate this process. This is not only an academic study, but also a document which draws attention to shortfalls and then calls for appropriate actions. This report builds on the 2012 World Report on IDN Deployment, and the 2011 study “IDNs State of Play”.

Freedom of Expression Toolkit

The Freedom of Expression Toolkit is UNESCO’s contribution to freedom of expression and it is written with upper high school students in mind. The Toolkit covers the major concepts and issues and it is written in an easy to understand, conversational manner.

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Global media and information literacy assessment framework: country readiness and competencies

The UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Assessment Framework offers UNESCO Member States methodological guidance and practical tools throughout the assessment of country readiness and competencies, particularly of teachers in service and in training, regarding media and information literacy  at the national level.

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Linking generations through radio: a toolkit from Africa for radio producers working with children and youth

UNESCO’s radio toolkit – Linking Generations through Radio – is an open access document, which is inspired by children and youth who make up one-third of the world’s population. The majority may listen to radio but the likelihood they are invited to regularly produce interviews and programmes, express their information needs or their opinions about productions made for them is very low.  

Media and information literacy: policy and strategy guidelines

This comprehensive MIL Policy and Strategy Guidelines resource is the first of its kind to treat MIL as a composite concept, unifying information literacy and media literacy as well as considering the right to freedom of expression and access to information through ICTs. These guidelines offer a harmonized approach, which in turn enables all actors to articulate more sustained national MIL policies and strategies, describing both the process and content to be considered.

Media regulation in the Mekong and opportunities for the development of public service and community broadcasting

This report analyses current media legislation and regulation in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam and examines the opportunities for the development of public service and community broadcasting. The report also includes useful references to Singapore.

Model curricula for journalism education: a compendium of new syllabi

This publication builds on the original UNESCO Model Curricula developed in 2007 and adapted, since then, in over 60 countries. The ten new specialized syllabi on journalism education fill the gap for specialized literacies required by journalism educators to respond to new challenges.

Overview of information literacy resources worldwide

This collection of Information Literacy (IL) Resources from around the world is divided into 42 language lists and includes selected resources – from websites, books, journals and other kinds of publications – that were provided by contributors from different countries and institutions and compiled by Dr Forest Woody Horton Jr.

Pressing for Freedom: 20 years of World Press Freedom Day

For 20 years, May 3 has been a day when the world celebrates freedom of expression and stands together for its protection. This is the spirit of the 1991 Declaration of Windhoek, whose anniversary the United Nations General Assembly chose for World Press Freedom Day. UNESCO was instrumental in framing the Windhoek Declaration and works today to promote freedom of expression across the world.

Protecting and promoting global recorded knowledge

While stone, papyrus, parchment and paper formerly contained the evidence of our past, radio, fi lm, television and the Internet are the canvas of modern life. In a world where emphasis is placed on speed and where life is becoming increasingly hurried, we must take time to conserve the records of what defines our roots, our past and our existence. To this end, in 1992, UNESCO created the Memory of the World Programme.

Renewing the knowledge societies vision for peace and sustainable development

If the goal of knowledge societies is to foster peace and sustainability, it is imperative that strategies for action ensure that decisions at all levels promote the integration of knowledge within people’s lives in ways to maximize the benefits and minimize harms. This is the spirit guiding this Report, which draws on multiple case studies, highlights lessons since the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) meeting in 2003, and sets out ideas for renewing UNESCO’s vision of knowledge societies.

Road map: Improving journalistic coverage of elections in Jordan. Identifying challenges and proposing solutions

Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of any open and democratic society. Legitimate elections are impossible without a media that has access to information and the ability to report on candidates and their platforms accurately and impartially, giving the public the information it needs to make its choice. It is thus of paramount importance that rules and processes governing media during elections are transparent, fair, and in line with international standards for freedom of expression.

Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development: First WSIS+10 Review Event

The event Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development, hosted by UNESCO and co-organized with ITU, UNDP and UNCTAD in February 2013, marks a significant step in the WSIS+10 Review process. Some 1450 participants reviewed the progress towards Information and Knowledge Societies that has been achieved since WSIS, considered ways of addressing challenges in access and use of ICTs for development, and built new partnerships to ensure that present and future generations benefit fully from the potential of new technologies.

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Tuning into development: International comparative survey of community broadcasting regulation

This report maps the complex legislative frameworks of community broadcasters in more than 30 countries. It examines how the sector can be strengthened in line with international standards and provides analysis and recommendations that may be of interest to donors and policy makers as they set priorities for media development.

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UNESCO global report: opening new avenues for empowerment: ICTs to access information and knowledge for persons with disabilities

Building on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, this Global Report addresses strong recommendations to all stakeholders – from decision-makers to educators, civil society and industry – on how concretely to advance the rights of people living with disabilities. These recommendations draw on extensive research and consultations. Studies launched in five regions have allowed UNESCO to understand more clearly the conditions and challenges faced by persons with disabilities around the world.

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