Tuesday, 3 March 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2584

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1. MENA UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize
From: George Lessard

2. Re: MENA Women make waves in Jordan Valley
From: George Lessard

3. Canadian Radio Jobs Postings from NCRA.CA
From: George Lessard

1. MENA UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Mar 2, 2009 4:44 pm ((PST))

UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize
The deadline for application is January 31 2009.


Published on The Communication Initiative Network (http://www.comminit.com)

UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize

UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize
Region Global
Deadline Date January 31, 2009

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) invites member states, regional and international organisations,
and professional and non-governmental organisations working in the field
of journalism and freedom of expression to nominate candidates for the
UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize.

The US$25,000 award honours a journalist or organisation that has made a
notable contribution to the defence and promotion of press freedom
anywhere in the world, especially if this involved risk. The prize is
awarded every year on World Press Freedom Day.

Organisations can nominate a maximum of three candidates. Self-nominations
are not accepted.

The deadline for application is January 31 2009.

Application Information

Click here [1]to download a nomination form in RTF format.

Click here [2]for more information.
Previous Winners

Click here [3]for information on last year's winner.
Programme for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace

1, rue Miollis, 7573
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Tel: 33 1 45 68 42 12
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UNESCO website [2] on November 18 2008.

Placed on the Communication Initiative site December 05 2007
Last Updated January 14 2009

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2. Re: MENA Women make waves in Jordan Valley
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Mar 2, 2009 11:17 pm ((PST))

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: Re: MENA Women make waves in Jordan Valley
From: "Daoud Kuttab" <dkuttab@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, March 3, 2009 02:12
To: "Said Essoulami" <cmfmena@aol.com>

We made an official request to obtain the minutes of the cabinet meetings
and were told (and it has been proven to be correct) that the Jordanian
government doesn't take minutes of their sessions!!!! They only issue the
decisions and all cabinet memebers have to sign the decisions even if they
had voted against it.

Community Media Network
Direct phone: +962 6 4645441
AmmanNet.Net, Radio Balad 92.4fm
PEN Media (Palestine Educational Media Network )
telfax: +97022958261
US phone 1 (609) 945-1029
Personal web site: www.daoudkuttab.com

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From: Said Essoulami <cmfmena@aol.com>
To: aqrabawe@yahoo.com.au; creative-radio@yahoogroups.com;
thomasvdo@yahoo.de; derrick_harvey@hotmail.com; mena@lists.amarc.org;
Sent: Sunday, March 1, 2009 1:05:47 PM
Subject: Re: MENA Women make waves in Jordan Valley

Dear Tamara,

I was in Amman last week and on the 24th Feb. I met with the information
commissioner and had a long interview with him. One of the question I
asked him was why the government refuse to reveal the reasons for
rejecting the license for the nine radios. He said that the candidates who
did not get a license could use the access to information law to request
that information and if the government refuses to give an answer they
should complain to his office and then he will study that request with the
members of the Information Council. He said that it is bad that people do
not use enough that law.

All the best,



Said Essoulami
Executive Director

154, Bd. Bir Anzarane
Bat. B
Maarif, Casablanca
Tel: 00 212 22995856
Fax: 00 212 22995854
Mobile: 00 212 72308890

17, Harold Road
N8 7DE
00 44 20 83414025

www.cmfmena.org (apologies: under reconstruction)

-----Original Message-----
From: tamara aqrabawe <aqrabawe@yahoo.com.au>
To: Creative Radio groups <creative-radio@yahoogroups.com>; Thomas von der
Osten-Sacken <thomasvdo@yahoo.de>; Derrick Harvey
<derrick_harvey@hotmail.com>; mena Amarc <mena@lists.amarc.org>; Marcelo
Solervicens <secgen@si.amarc.org>
Sent: Sun, 1 Mar 2009206:53 am
Subject: MENA Women make waves in Jordan Valley

Women make waves in Jordan Valley
Suha Philip Ma’ayeh, Foreign Correspondent
* http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090301/FOREIGN/960657601/-1/OPINION
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Muneera Shatti, left, and Asma Raja prepare to broadcast their programme.
Salah Malkawi / The National

AMMAN //For the past year, Muneera Shatti and Asma Raj
a, two young women from the Jordan Valley, have broadcast a weekly radio
show that tackles the issues faced by their impoverished community, from a
lack of buses and the theft of water, to boys using mobile phones to take
photos of schoolgirls.

The work is not without challenges as the tribal-dominated valley on which
they report is staunchly conservative and one of 20 pockets of poverty
where the average income is about US$1,800 (Dh6,624) per year.
“At first there were men who refused to be interviewed by us. They would
say, ‘You are women’. But they got used to us. Just last week I
interviewed young men in a cafe to gauge their views regarding public
services,” Ms Shatti said. “Interviewing men is something I would have
never imagined myself doing before I became a correspondent for the

In one programme, Ms Shatti reported on the lack of buses connecting her
town with a nearby village. Within a week, the Jordan Valley Authority
responded and provided the needed bus.
“That was encouraging even though later the bus was taken away as other
bus drivers protested that it was affecting their business.”

In another broadcast, Ms Raja, 24, reported on water theft.

“Farmers were stealing water from the main pipes, depriving residents of
drinking water. I talked to a senior water official who promised to
provide citizens with another source of water while the government closed
0of the pipes to try to stop those from stealing. Since then, water theft
has declined.”
Because the women do not have a licence to broadcast in their community,
Radio Al Balad, an Amman-based community radio, produces and hosts their
show, called the Voice of the Valley.

The women take three buses to get to Amman to broadcast the show, but for
them, the trip is worth it.

Radio Al Balad has been pushing hard to get a licence to launch the first
all-women community radio in Jordan.

But last month, the government turned down the licence application without
giving a reason. The country’s laws do not oblige the government to
explain why it rejects applications.
The decision, however, has frustrated Daoud Kuttab, the founder of Radio
Al Balad, who has been trying to launch Zaharat Alghor, the Flower of the
Valley, which would not broadcast news or political programmes.

“We were excited. It is a station run by women. It was supposed to be a
women empowerment station. We were already seeing success in the one-hour
programme,” he said. “If the government did not want to give us a
licence, then why entertain our application in the first place? It took us
a year and a half to fulfil the requirements of the application, including
paying $15,000 for the initiation licence fee. We rented offices [in the
Jordan Valley], too.”
In 2002, Jordan liberalised its airwaves and a year later created an
audiovisual commission tasked with licensing independent satellite and
radio stations. Since then, 26 independent stations have been granted
licences, most of whom provide music, entertainment and social programmes.
Seven have licences for news and political programmes.

It is 50 per cent more expensive to get a licence for a news and political
broadcast because, according to insiders, the AVC believes the latter
generates more advertisements, while sceptics see it as another
restriction on media freedom.
It is the second time in two years that the government has rejected an
application by Mr Kuttab for a community radio licence, raising some
speculation that the decision was motivated by personal reasons.

Conservative officials are concerned that community radio in a traditional
society could create problems among tribes and upset their social and
cultural values.

Mr Kuttab has also been criticised for allowing Palestinian refugees from
Gaza to make their plea for citizenship on his radio programmes. Jordan
sees such a policy as serving the interest of Israel because the refugees
would then no longer be able to apply to return to Israel.
Because Radio Al Balad is licensed to broadcast only in Amman, residents
in the Jordan Valley can only hear the programme by tuning into Al Qamr
radio station in Jericho, a West Bank city on the other side of the Jordan

Mr Kuttab had signed an agreement with Al Qamr to rebroadcast the show
until he was able to o
btain a licence. The programme can also be heard online, but only 16 per
cent of Jordanian households have internet access.
Mr Kuttab has made it clear in editorials and blogs that he is not happy
with the AVC’s decision. But Hussein Bani Hani, the AVC head, argued the
government had acted in the interest of investors.

“The government wants to give a chance for every investor. We want to
give equal opportunities to all,” he said. “All the governorates are
covered with radio stations, and we have community stations in several
universities that also provide training for university students on media
“The stations tackle different subjects in different communities and
broadcast social programmes which vary from women and child issues to
youth issues. They are funded by organisations involved in media

Although the community radio stations have been welcomed in most areas,
there are some criticism that they are not completely independent.

Ms Shatti and Ms Raja were discouraged at first by the government’s
decision not to grant them a licence. They closed the offices that Radio
Al Balad had rented for them last week. But the women said they will
continue to broadcast from Amman.
“I will not let the licence get me down. I will continue to work to make
the voices of people in remote areas heard,” Ms Raja said.

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3. Canadian Radio Jobs Postings from NCRA.CA
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Mar 2, 2009 11:28 pm ((PST))

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: [ncra] Jobs Postings at NCRA.CA
From: "ncra/anrec" <magnus@ncra.ca>
Date: Mon, March 2, 2009 15:00
To: ncra@ncra.ca

The following jobs openings have been posted at www.ncra.ca.

Location: Montreal, QC
Closing Date: 6 March, 2009

You can view the complete posting at:
Posted: 14 January, 2009

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Location: Renfrew, ON
Closing Date: 16 March, 2009

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Posted: 21 February, 2009

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Location: Halifax, NS
Closing Date: 18 March, 2009

You can view the complete posting at:
Posted: 25 February, 2009

View and post openings at http://www.ncra.ca/business/JobPostings/

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