Around the world political, technological and economic changes have placed new strains on media freedom. As a result, there is a need to find new ways to reform media policy and to regulate the media sector.
Media has the ability to enable fuller participation in public life, serve as platforms for dialogue and protect the rights of individuals. But if media is supposed to fulfil its potential role, updated regulatory frameworks need to be in place, adapted to the new media landscape.
The Sida financed International Training Programme, ITP, Media Regulation in a Democratic Framework is focusing on this full-scale capacity building programme aiming at actual change towards a more efficient and sustainable planning and implementation of self-regulation of the media.
Fojo is one of four partners, IMS, NIRAS and Global Reporting being the other three, working in this cooperation.
The programmes last for around 15 months and targets
Asia (Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia),
Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia),
Latin America (Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras), and
Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Armenia, Moldavia)
The overall goal is that the participants and their organisations should contribute to:
the promotion and protection of the institutional frameworks which govern 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
and increased knowledge and capacity to initiate a structured long term transformation work within and outside the respective organisations.
The programme targets individuals that in different ways can promote standards and self-regulation of the media sector in their respective countries. They may represent different sectors such as media councils, judicial institutions, independent freedom of speech organisations, policy institutions, relevant ministries, parliamentary committees and independent media outlets. Despite the focus on individuals, the programme is primarily targeting organisations who have the interest and capacity to participate in the programme over several years, to drive change processes over long-time periods and to cooperate with other organisations in the programme even though they may have different opinions on regulatory frameworks.
The ITP is a long term engagement and Sida is opening for altogether 26 programmes.