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Media Safety and Solidarity Fund 

Countries: all IFJ Asia-Pacific affiliates

The Media Safety and Solidarity Fund assists colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region through times of emergency, war and hardship – most recently in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. In 2014, funds raised for the MSSF will go towards media rights advocacy programs, press freedom work in China, assistance and support for journalists in crisis and the ongoing funding for the education of children of media workers killed or missing in countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

 

 

Stronger Unions for Stronger Media

Supported by Union to Union

Countries including Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Philippines, India

This project aims to strengthen the capacity for journalists in the region to organise into effective media trade unions, and seeks to address poor working conditions and the vulnerability of media personnel to violence and unethical journalism to support unions activities. It includes training workshops; rights monitoring, advocacy and digital campaign skills development; development of campaign resources, action alerts, monthly and half-yearly bulletins; collaborative missions and reporting on annual campaign progress.

 

Promoting Media Freedom in China and Hong Kong

Supported by National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Countries: China

This program supports Press freedom in China through local journalists and their networks. The aim is to increase the capacity of journalists and journalism organizations to act as watchdogs and monitors of press freedom abuses and working conditions for media workers. The two main activities of the project are press monitoring and advocacy; and capacity and linkage building as well as the annual China Press Freedom Report.

 

South Asia Media Freedom for Democracy Project

Supported by The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)

Countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Bhutan

The South Asia Media Freedom for Democracy project seeks to bolster the capacity of South Asian journalist organisations and press freedom groups through the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN). Supported by UNDEF, the project is working to increase the capacity of South Asian journalist organisations and press freedom groups and enhance a regional coordinated voice to promote and defend media freedom and the role of the free media in the democratic process, particularly in the digital environment.

 

SAMSN Planning and Capacity Building Forum

Supported by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)

Countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Bhutan

FES supports the annual meeting of the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN). This important sub-regional meeting includes a planning and capacity building forum; planning for days of action such as the annual impunity campaign; network strengthening; building cross-border solidarity actions/campaigns and capacity building and organisational strengthening. The meeting also develops research and reporting for the annual Report on Press Freedom in South Asia. In the coming years, it will plan for the establishment of a digital hub and implementation of digital campaigning across the sub-region.

 

South Asia Media Freedom and Solidarity Project

Supported by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)

Countries: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan

This project aims to enhance conditions for free and pluralistic reporting in the region by improving journalists’ safety and press freedom conditions.

It consists of a series of inter-related activities to build the skills and institutional capacity of local journalists’ organisations and networks in and across target countries, in turn strengthening and sustaining their function to monitor media rights defend the safety and rights of media personnel and negotiate on their behalf.

 

Media and Gender in Asia Pacific 

Supported by UNESCO/UNWomen

Countries: Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu

Across the Asia-Pacific region, women are still significantly underrepresented in the media, where men continue to dominate the top positions and hard news reporting jobs. In order to accurately inform the debate on gender equality in the media and formulate concrete actions that relevant stakeholders in the region can take to improve the situation, and as a follow-up to the Global Forum on Media and Gender that took place in Bangkok in 2013, UNESCO and UN Women have partnered with the International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific (IFJ) to conduct a Research Study on Media and Gender in Asia-Pacific.

Building on IFJ’s earlier research in this area, the study will look at a sample of countries in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan), South East Asia (Malaysia, Cambodia) and the Pacific (Vanuatu). The study is guided by UNESCO’s Gender Sensitive Indicators for the Media and will use a combination of country-based surveys, media content analysis and case studies to gather data in areas such as the situation of women in the media; the number of women in senior, decision-making positions and the issues affecting this representation; the role that unions, associations and women´s networks could and do play and expectations of their actions; and best practice case studies of campaigns, media workplaces as well as coverage and representation of women.

 

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