How does news media assist in encouraging the development of a high-quality, free press in emerging countries?
Sending material, mentoring journalists, training, exchanges, there are a range of possibilities….
De Standaard : No
Europe 1 : No
Possibly within the Group but, since selling a large part of its international magazines in 2011, Lagardère Active (media branch of the Group) has concentrated mainly on the French market.
France 24 : There is support for media in emerging countries
The France 24-RFI-MCD Academy was created in April 2011.
Three months after the Arab revolution, training staff from France 24 and RFI went to Tunisia for three weeks to provide training in the profession. The Academy also assisted in the restructuring of TV and radio in the Ivory Coast (RTI) in 2012 when democracy returned following the 2011 election. France 24 is currently contributing towards the privatisation of the audio-visual landscape in Algeria and is helping to create the El Khabar channel.
These programmes provide an excellent opportunity for TV, radio and multimedia journalists to step back from the pressure of producing continuous news and think about what they do by exchanging ideas with their fellow-members in emerging countries.
The Academy has also signed an agreement with CFI (Canal France International) to join their publicly funded co-operative programme for media in the South.
Also, the material used at France 24 is still new – the age of the channel itself. If material has to be replaced, older film cameras are given to non-profit associations that work with emerging countries.
For every project, the channel looks for external financing.
Le Monde : No
Ouest France : This has been a longstanding policy
Ouest Fraternité is a non-profit organisation created in 1992 to unite the goodwill of the Ouest-France Group around solidarity projects for the development of the written press in southern countries and democratically developing countries.
More than a thousand journalists and technicians have benefited from training and assessment in the Congo, Vietnam, Niger, Madagascar, or Kazakhstan, Haiti, Sudan, Macedonia and Armenia.
The newspaper also receives foreign /interns.
Europe Presse Solidarité is another professional training initiative in Eastern Europe.
Berliner Zeitung : Interns are welcomed
The newspaper sometimes receives interns as part of an exchange programme, such as the International Journalists’ Programme. Some of these are from developing countries.
ZDF : Regular
ZDF’s involvement with press from developing countries includes giving away programmes and sending material. The channel also develops practical exchanges and partnerships with specialised academic organisations (universities, schools, etc.)
The Irish Times : None, except…
The newspaper supported its opposite number in Sarajevo during the war in ex-Yugoslavia.
Polskie Radio, kanal 3 : Some training
There is some co-operation with Eastern Europe, particularly Ukraine; this is done mostly in the form of human resources and training rather than material.
Poland also houses an opposition Belarusian radio station which is banned in its own country.
BBC : Via the BBC World Service Trust
The BBC World Service Trust is a BBC foundation leading several programmes in support of media quality in developing countries, to defend the rights of man and to fight against poverty.
The BBC World Service Trust financed local media support programmes in 30 countries in 2010 and 2011. These are financed by donations.
Following the Arab Spring, the BBC World Service Trust created an aid programme for the production of independent news, notably in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon. The project was called “Socially responsible media platforms for the Arab world”.
The Guardian : A significant commitment