25.03.2008 -

UNESCO supports annual Caribbean Media and Communication Conference

UNESCO, in cooperation with regional media organisations, is organising the tenth annual Caribbean Media and Communication Conference (CMCC), from 1 to 3 May 2008 in Georgetown, Guyana. The three-day conference will coincide with World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 3 May.

Organisers will use CMCC to promote discussion among media managers, media and communication professionals, policy makers, journalists and editors, independent producers and telecommunications companies throughout the region and the Diaspora.


Among the issues on this year's conference agenda is the WPFD theme "Freedom of Expression, Access and Empowerment". Conference speakers will address topics of emerging importance within the regional media and communication sector, including:

  • Emerging New Business Models,
  • Media Democracy and Journalistic Freedom,
  • Regulatory Environment, and
  • Communications Technology Developments and Implications for the Region.

CMCC is the collaborative effort of UNESCO, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, Caribbean News Agency, Association of Caribbean Media Workers, Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, and Mona School of Business. The conference will be hosted by the University of Guyana (UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Expression), Guyana Press Association, the Government Information News Agency of Guyana and National Communications Network.


Registration for CMCC, its full programme and list of speakers are available at: <a href="http://cmcc.carimac.com">cmcc.carimac.com</a>.


CMCC, which began as the Caribbean Media Conference in 1998, will provide new platforms for discussion and networking by a wider cross-section of the communication community.


One such platform is a series of unique fora, or unconferences, which will take place prior to CMCC throughout the region. Unconferences promise to be an interesting, stimulating and educational experience, with an agenda set by participants, not by the organisers. Their dates and venues will be announced on the CMCC website at: <a href="http://cmcc.carimac.com">cmcc.carimac.com</a>. Participants must register for their sessions and submit topics they will present.


Another event, organised in the framework of this year's CMCC, is the unveiling of the Caribbean Media and Communication Resource Centre, an Internet-based mechanism powered by the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and developed in collaboration with UNESCO. This online Resource Centre hosts a cross-platform database, research and statistics, blogs and an e-zine for industry news. It will enable increased knowledge sharing among media practitioners and institutions in the Caribbean and will provide a source for media research and development.


Ministers of information/telecommunication are being invited to a High-level Policy Forum on Public Media Policy in a Market-driven Communication and Information Environment, on 2 May 2008.

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