World Journalism for Equal Dignity (WJournalismED)
Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) is primarily grounded in academic work. However, we wish to bring academic work into "real life" as well. Our research focuses on topics such as dignity (with humiliation as its violation), or, more precisely, on respect for equal dignity for all human beings in the world. This is not only our research topic, however, but also our core value, in line with Article 1 of the Human Rights Declaration that states that every human being is born with equal dignity (that ought not be humiliated). We agree with Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, who advocates the building of bridges from academia as follows, "I have always believed that good scholarship can be relevant and consequential for public policy. It is possible to affect public policy without being an advocate; to be passionate about peace without losing analytical rigor; to be moved by what is just while conceding that no one has a monopoly on justice." We would like to add that we believe that good scholarship can be relevant and consequential not only for public policy, but for raising awareness in general.
We look for interested people, who would like to develop our WLiteratureED page. Please see our Call for Creativity.
open2.net is the home of BBC/Open University TV and Radio programmes on the web.
Article in the August issue of New Internationalist Magazine focusing on Search for Common Ground's Studio Ijambo in Burundi.
The Shape of the Future Documentary TV Series
First Ever Simulcast on Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab Satellite TV
July 2nd - 23rd Broadcasts
This month, our The Shape of the Future became the first TV series ever simultaneously broadcast on Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab Satellite TV. The series explores - on a very human level - how Israelis and Palestinians might make peace. The emphasis is on building the future, not on reliving the past.
These unprecedented simulcasts are being aired on Israel's Channel 8, the Palestinian Ma'an Network, the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), and on Abu Dhabi satellite TV. The four 30-minute programs are being broadcast on consecutive Saturday nights throughout July.
The series explores the background, the various positions and the options for resolution of the most challenging final status issues: Israeli Settlements, Palestinian Refugees, Jerusalem, and Security. [read more]
Panel Session on Peace Journalism:
This panel brings together members of a 3-year, multinational project focused on developing and disseminating research, educational materials, and pedagogic strategies to facilitate and expedite the systematic integration of peace journalism education into university curricula. Panelists are members of a group of international scholars engaged in interdisciplinary, intercultural research to explore and encourage a mass media(ted) global dialogue for peace. Grounded in theoretical understandings of the constitutive power of media and in wide-ranging empirical study of mass media content, practices, and effects, these scholars advocate a move toward a "peace journalism" that advantages reconciliation and transformation over conflict and peace over war.
Sunday 3:45-5:00 pm
A Media(ted) Dialogue for Peace
Susan Dente Dente Ross, Washington State University
Covering Conflict or Promoting Peace?
Jake Lynch, BBC World, UK
Enriching Public Dialogues Through Peace Journalism.
Susan Dente Ross, Washington State University
Changing Conditions and Cultures to Strengthen Peace Journalism.
Stig A. Nohrstedt, Örebro University, SWEDEN
Building a Platform for Critical Peace Journalism.
Rune Ottosen, Norwegian College of Journalism, NORWAY
Developing a Multi-Disciplinary International Curriculum for Peace Journalism.
Dov Shinar, College of Management, Israel, ISRAEL
Published: 2005/06/17 07:48:59 GMT at http://news.bbc.co.uk/.
The best weblogs on the net which have defended freedom of expression have been recognised in the Freedom Blogs awards, voted for by the public.
The seven best blogs out of 60, shortlisted by Reporters Without Borders, represent six locations.
Winners included Shared Pains, an Afghan blog which comments on daily political and social life there.
Blogs, diary-like websites where people publish thoughts or news, are popular because they are easy to use and free. ... Please read the full text at http://news.bbc.co.uk/ .
FREEDOM BLOG WINNERS
Asia: Screenshot (Malaysia, published in English)
Joint winner Africa and Middle East: Shared Pains (Afghanistan, Farsi)
Joint winner Africa and Middle East: Al Jinane (Morocco, French)
Europe: ICT lex (Italy, Italian)
Americas: Press Think (US, English)
Iran: Mojtaba Saminejad (Iran, Farsi)
International: Netzpolitik (Germany, German)
Please read the full text at http://news.bbc.co.uk/ .
Please note that the entire HumanDHS website is maintained by volunteers since its inception in 2003, and this is mainly done by Evelin Lindner. Until 2012, she usually pasted interesting news into this Links section, since July 2012, she also tags interesting information here.
UN Mobilizes to Improve Safety for Journalists and Fight Impunity | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
23.11.2012 - UNESCOPRESS
A UN system-wide plan to create a safer working environment for journalists has been given new momentum at a UNESCO-organized meeting that ended in Vienna today.
See more on http://www.unesco.org/.
The International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT)
The International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT), founded in 1951, is a forum for personal contact and professional development among women broadcasters worldwide. We are a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Comprising women of many nationalities across the broadcast spectrum, we arrange international conferences with workshops, screenings, lectures, training and professional networking.
The Media Education Foundation
The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.
Tunisia Reporter Move 'Bodes Ill'
A group of pro-government reporters has seized control of Tunisia's largest journalism union two months before a general election, activists say. Reporters Without Borders says it is concerned for the independence of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists. The group says the move bodes ill for the fairness of the forthcoming vote, where President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is going for a fifth term in office. Tunisian officials have not yet responded to the allegations...
See more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/africa/8209859.stm.
Arab Plan Explained in Hebrew Ads
The Palestinian Authority has placed a full-page advert in Israel's Hebrew newspapers to promote an Arab peace plan first proposed in 2002...
Read more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/7739198.stm.
The Columbia University Journalism School's Interdisciplinary Curriculum
The Journalism School's interdisciplinary curriculum offers students the opportunity to concentrate on foreign affairs and international reporting and stresses the development of practical skills to stimulate a strong free press in newly democratizing countries. Recently established programs such as the Pulitzer-Moore Scholars and the Gordon Gray Fellows also provide financial aid for international journalism studies.
The Peace Journalism Controversy
Conflict & communication online's special issue on "The peace journalism controversy" (cco 6/2, October 2007) has appeared and can be downloaded from the journal's website at http://www.cco.regener-online.de. Bringing adherents and critics of the peace journalism project together, the issue presents an exciting debate between journalists, media- and peace researchers and brings about new aspects of a matter of general concern.
PLease see here the abstract of the article by Wilhelm Kempf "Peace journalism: A tightrope walk between advocacy journalism and constructive conflict coverage":
Starting from an understanding of peace journalism that regards it not as an antipode, but as a necessary prerequisite of good journalism, the present paper undertakes a synthesis of the theses and antitheses presented by David Loyn, Thomas Hanitzsch, Jake Lynch and Samuel Peleg in conflict & communication online, Vol. 6, No. 2.
The author locates the tasks of the peace journalistic program in the study of the conditions and possibilities under which journalists can actually do their work better in war and crisis situations, as well as in the provision and practical realization of the competencies that are necessary for this.
Although peace journalism will occupy a minority position in the foreseeable future in conflict and crisis communication, even from this position it can contribute to making media discourse on conflicts more transparent and balanced and protecting conflict coverage from the fateful propaganda traps into which traditional war reporting is continually falling.
As a precondition for this many myths must be critically examined that journalism shares with media sciences, and a clear line must be drawn between journalism and public relations. In particular, journalists must be warned not to prematurely cast the traditional tools of good journalism overboard. Of course it is urgently necessary that the usual understanding of objectivity in journalism must be revised and constructively enhanced; to radically turn away from the demand for objectivity not only endangers the acceptance of the peace journalistic project in the journalist community, however, it also can cause peace journalism to squander the trust bonus that its recipients have granted it.
The Oak Human Rights Fellowship
2008 Focus: Human Rights and Journalism
Each year, the Oak Institute brings an Oak Human Rights Fellow to teach and conduct research while residing at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. The Institute organizes lectures and other events centered around the fellow's area of expertise. The purpose of the fellowship is to offer an opportunity for prominent practitioners in international human rights to take a sabbatical leave from their work and spend as long as a semester as a scholar-in-residence at the College. This provides the Fellow time for reflection, research, and writing...
Read more at http://www.colby.edu/academics_cs/goldfarb/oak/.
'Enemies of the Internet' Named
A list of 13 "enemies of the internet" has been released by human rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
For the first time, Egypt has been added to the list while Nepal, Libya and the Maldives have all been removed.
The list consists of countries that RSF believes are suppressing freedom of expression on the internet.
The civil liberties pressure group has organised a 24-hour protest, inviting web users to vote for the worst offending countries.
Please read the entire article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/technology/6124420.stm.
Gateway to Sources of Global Information
The Environmental Ethics & Public Policy Program has served as a major vehicle of outreach to the community of scholars and concerned citizens investigating issues of environmental ethics.
The OneWorld network spans five continents and produces content in 11 different languages, published across its international site, regional editions, and thematic channels. Many of these are produced from the South to widen the participation of the world's poorest and most marginalised peoples in the global debate.
Television Trust for the Environment (TVE)
Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) is an independent, non-profit organisation, which promotes global awareness of the environment, development, human rights and health issues through the platforms of broadcast television and other audio-visual media. A UK-registered charity, TVE fulfils an international remit in association with offices and networks of partner organisations in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean. TVE works above all to promote informed debate, public awareness and practical solutions to the growing challenges of human development.
TVE was set up in 1984 with the support of WWF, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Central Television (now part of ITV).
It now has headquarters based in London and:
An affiliate office in Italy
TVE Japan – an associate office
TVE is not affiliated to any pressure group and all its films for broadcast are made on a strictly editorially independent basis. In addition to its charitable status in the United Kingdom, it is a registered 501 3 (c) non-profit in the United States, and is governed by an independent board of Trustees.
Funding comes from a variety of sources including international organisations, governments, broadcasters and private and philanthropic organisations including the Department for International Development (UK), the European Union, Global Environmental Facility (GEF), ILO, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Novib, the Rockefeller Foundation, Sida (Sweden), UNDP, UNEP, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank.
Earth Report's half hour documentary style programmes cover a wide range of environmental issues – from the importance of conserving wetlands to the need for responsible tourism, from strategies for sustainable food production, to the impact of climate change.
The highly successful Hands On programmes, an offspring of Earth Report, take a focused look at the challenges of sustainable development. Hands On offers a range of positive, practical solutions, based on examples of successful small-scale business enterprises and sustainable, transferable technologies. The programmes have elicited volumes of requests for further information from viewers in every corner of the world.