Across the globe, recent political, technological and economic changes have placed new strains on media freedom. As a result, there is an urgent need to find new ways to reform media policy and to regulate the media sector. This ITP will contribute to the development of self-regulatory frameworks for the media sector, strengthening the institutional and organisational capacities among relevant media sector stakeholders and contributing to national reform and change processes.
Media has the ability to enable fuller participation in public life, hold the powerful to account, serve as platforms for dialogue and protect the rights of individuals. But if media is supposed to fulfill its potential role, updated self-regulatory frameworks need to be in place, adapted to the new media landscape.
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has commissioned NIRAS Sweden AB to organise this ITP in cooperation with International Media Support (IMS), FOJO Media Institute/Linnaeus University and Global Reporting Sweden AB.
Participants can be nominated by government, media and civil society organisations. Reaching out to a critical mass of stakeholders in each country will be particularly important for institutional change and thus long-term impact.
At the end of the training programme the participating individuals and organisations shall have obtained:
- Increased knowledge about media and freedom of expression in relation to media policy, journalism and self-regulation of the media sector.
- Extended professional national and international networks.
- Increased awareness of human rights, gender equality and security for journalists and other media actors.
- Increased knowledge and capacity to initiate a structured, long term transformation work within and outside the respective organisations.
Eligible Countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.