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Safety of community media journalists

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US$8 000.00

Zambia’s growing community media sector, which boasts 60 radio stations and 6 print entities, is regarded as an important tool for community and grassroots development. These media outlets are responsive to their audiences and have established themselves as frontline sources of information and platforms of communication for the communities in their coverage areas.
However, community media journalists are increasingly subject to incidents of intimidation and harassment and there have also been arrests and domestic censorship of some online newspapers. Most of these journalists only have a poor appreciation of Zambia’s media laws and the existing threats in journalism.
ZaCoMeF therefore intends to organize a training workshop for journalists to promote safety standards and increase their understanding of the legal media environment so that they can best protect themselves. The proposed training will use UNESCO’s “Model Curricula for Journalism Education: A Compendium of New Syllabi”, which incorporates a module on safety and journalism. Under this module, the workshop content will be drawn from “Unit1” - Rights and legal context as well as from “Unit 3”- Threats against journalists.

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The Zambia Community Media Forum (ZaCoMeF)
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The Zambia Community Media Forum (ZaCoMeF) is an umbrella body for the community media initiatives. Membership of the Forum is drawn from community media organizations in Zambia. ZaCoMeF has four focus areas namely networking and mentoring, Advocacy and Lobbying, Applied research and Capacity building. ZaCoMeF aims to build local partnerships and maintain an interactive dialogue with local, national and international organizations that have similar objectives to those of the Forum. ZaCoMeF has become a meeting place for all community media initiatives in Zambia. ZaCoMeF supports and advocates for the vital role that community media play in ensuring the protection of the rights of the poor and the marginalized people such as women and children in those communities.

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Zambia Community Media Forum, C/O Panos Institute Southern Africa, P.O Box 39163, Plot 9028, Buluwe Road, Woodlands Lusaka

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Various locations in Zambia

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Twenty-six community media journalists and freedom of expression defenders (9 of which female) were trained on the local existing media laws to promote the safety of journalists and strengthen the safety monitoring network for reporting journalists in danger in Zambia.The online and mobile telephone monitoring and reporting lines for journalists in danger were re-activated. As a result of this project, the safety of journalists in Zambia was strengthened.