IPDC support for Maldives Community Broadcasting project highlighted during Director-General's visit
During his first visit to the Maldives, from 1 to 2 May, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matssura referred to UNESCO's new cooperation with the Maldives, through IPDC, in reinforcing community broadcasting, and affirmed the Organization's readiness to help in setting up a Community Media Centre (CMC) in the Maldives country and in the training of journalists.
During his discussions with Minister of Information and Arts Uz Mohamed Nasheed, the Director-General was briefed about the situation of the country's communication/information sector, including the Government's engagement in formulating policies and the necessary legal framework towards the liberalization of mass media.
Mr Matsuura focused on the sense of professionalism of journalists and requested UNESCO's assistance in training of media professionals in investigative journalism, feature writing and election coverage. He welcomed the measures taken by the Government and underlined the importance of enhancing the quality of journalism and broadcasters as crucial elements for national development.
The new community broadcasting project supported by IPDC will be launched after the establishment of the guidelines to ensureing community participation.
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