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Lauching a Second Wave of Support to Community Radio
with big enimies of journalist
Evalutation of the Process Coach
Getting Volunteers Trained
Workshops with CC groups
A SECOND “WAVE” OF SUPPORT TO COMMUNITY RADIO .
A major national meeting with participants from several civic
organizations seeking support for the establishment of community radio
initiatives is being organized by the Media Project for 10 and 11 May in
Maputo. Delegates for the meeting will be coming from five organizations
or communities, selected by the Media Project in consultation with an
independent selection board, for support to the establishment for new
community radio stations throughout the country.
The five projects were selected from a total of 18 proposals submitted by
different civic organist ions and other private institutions. A large
number of other organizations were also elected for institutional
support and will take in the meeting, including community-oriented radio
stations “on air”.
The selected project proposals were submitted by the following
organizations: Amanhecer-Coop for Metangula, ASSERCO for Dondo, PSZ for
Milange, the UGC for Bagamoyo (Maputo Surrounding) and Linga dos
Escuteiros for Matola, Maputo province. Institutional support will also
be discussed with a number of other civic organizations and some
community-oriented radio stations already “on air”.
NEIBOURHOOD WITH “BIG ENEMIES” OF JOURNALISTS
This year UNESCO chose for World Press Freedom Day, on May 3, the theme
“Media in Conflict and Post Conflict Areas”. By selecting, UNESCO
envisaged to encourage the world to reflect on how to combat war and
hatred propaganda without undermining press freedom and editorial
independence of the media. In New York, the Committee to Protect
Journalists released a list of ten political and militar leaders in the
world, considered as the “worst enemies of journalists”. The list
includes President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola and is headed by
another African political figure, Foday Sankon, former leader of the war
devasted Sierra Leone.
On its side, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) says in its
annual sixth report released on 3 May that during 1999 no less than 40
media workers in eleven SADC countries under review were detained, from
varying lengths of time, ranging from few hours to several weeks. At
least 18 journalists were sentenced either to prision terms or fines as
a result of their work, the report says. Two Angolan media workers wre
murdered during 1999. Singling out Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe, MISA
Researcher Raashied Galant, points out that these three countries led
the pack in the use of brute force censorship over the media in the
Positive Evaluation of the Process Coach
The Media Project is strongly considering extending the contracts signed
with the coaches who have been co-ordination training and organizational
activities with community radio volunteers in Cuamba, Homoíne and
The decision was taken as a result of a positive analysis of what the
Media Project Management Team found to be a sui generis
Experience, in a mid-term evaluation of the process.
The Project considered the process coach as having proved to be an
adequate methodology allowing an active and effective involvement of the
communities in the process of installation of the their Community
Having this positive evaluation in mind, the Project is now considering
the possibility of enlarging the process coach to the 5-8 new
communities about to enter the Community Radio “family” during the
coming second “wave”.
Final arrangements are now underway preparing a national training course
of volunteers on “Community Radio Programming and Programme Production”.
The course is scheduled for May 22 to June 2 in Beira, and will involve a
total of 15 participants, plus the three coaches, who were directly
involved in an initial phase of training activities, carried locally
with the communities.
The volunteers were selected from larger numbers in the three communities
chosen by the Media Project in Homoíne, Chimoio and Cuamba.
The coaches, who have already been with the volunteers during the
above-mentioned initial training activities with the communities, are
expected to play decisive roles, both as resource people and in the
coordination of the practical side of the course.
Five volunteers will be selected from each one of the above-mentioned
Main subjects to be tackled during the two week course will include:
Community Radio Programming, Community news gathering processing and
disseminating, cultural magazines, media laws and ethics.
with CC groups
The Media Project is organizing a 2 days workshops with the Communication
Centre (CC) groups in Beira.
The workshop results from suggestion by the groups themselves, during a
mission visit to Beira and Chimoio, paid by the Chief Technical Adviser
The workshop is expected to give chance for the groups to exchange
experiences on the installation process of the CC, including the legal
procedures for the establishment of local Media Operators Associations,
a co-ordinates framework among the different media initiatives.
The meeting will also discuss a manual on the CC management and practical
procedures, produced by the Media Project, as well as training
activities and administrative routines.
The CC’s were established in Beira, Chimoio and Tete. They have mainly
been conceived as production centers for the emerging independent press,
‘newsrooms’ for correspondents from print media elsewhere in the
country, spaces for formal as well as informal training activities for
journalists, a documentation center with access to internete, a
distribution point for the locally produced newspapers and those from
elsewhere, and other activities related.
c/o UNESCO, P.O.Box 1397 Maputo, Mozambique
258.1. 498752/ 490840 Fax +258.1.498717