World Press Freedom Day celebrated in Namibia
This year World Press Freedom Day will be celebrated in Namibia by a conference organized by the Namibia Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), the Polytechnic of Namibia and Genderlinks on 7 May. The event will focus on the access to information and the right to know in Namibia and will particularly highlight women's right to access information.
The World Press Freedom Day event in Namibia will also be an opportunity to launch two publications: the Gender Toolkit for Educators, developed by Emily Brown of the Polytechnic of Namibia, and the MISA book So This Is Democracy?.
The Gender Toolkit for Educators: Gender and Media Progress Study assesses the concept of gender in the media, gender policies, stereotypes and ethics in the Namibian context. The Toolkit looks at gender in relation to culture and governance, and provides media with gender-sensitive information, necessary for news production.
So This Is Democracy? is an annual MISA publication which records incidents of media freedom violations monitored by MISA during the previous year. It includes:
<li>a review of events affecting media workers;
<li>a detailed breakdown of press freedom violations and violent attacks against journalists for each country monitored over the course of the year;
<li>identification of trends noted within each country;
<li>a gender and media overview for the entire Southern African Development Community (SADC) region; and
<li>a review of government policies that do not include sufficient involvement of civil society organizations and those most affected by these policies (called the African Media Barometer - ABM).
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