Closing of MedMedia programme in Tunis: adapted projects for concrete results | Tunisia News Gazette

Closing of MedMedia programme in Tunis: adapted projects for concrete results

The “MEDMEDIA” project conference continued on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) for the second consecutive day and was dedicated to the presentation of the project results.

MEDMEDIA is a European Union (EU)-funded project to support institutions and individuals engaged in media sector reform in the Southern Mediterranean region.

Jocelyn Grange, Senior Expert responsible for the implementation of the MEDMEDIA project said a large volume of activities was generated by that programme in the different targeted regions of the southern shore of the Mediterranean.

“These include, among other activities, expert missions, targeted technical assistance, study tours, regional meetings, national conferences and other participations in regional events and multilateral exchange programmes,” he said.

The expert pointed out that thanks to the “peer-to-peer” tool, the main tool used to strengthen the capacities of the 27 partner institutions, the activities initiated have made it possible to maintain, throughout the project, a continuous stream of sharing experiences, expertise and know-how.

This exchange was made between the institutions of the South of the Mediterranean and their European counterparts, but also between the institutions of the countries of the same bank, he said again.

“This interaction is, in itself, a result as one of the missions assigned to the programme, more specifically to the Peer-to-Peer component, is to foster a North-South and South-South mutual learning process”, said Jocelyn Grange.

Other concrete results include the recommendations made in the context of the process of drafting and reviewing laws or regulations and consolidating internal policies in various areas, including freedom of expression, pluralism of information, editorial standards and the match between training and new needs of the media sector, he indicated.

This second day of the closing conference of the MEDMEDIA project was also an opportunity to present other projects falling under the same programme and funded by the EU.

Dominique Thierry from the Thomson Foundation spoke about the “Open Media Hub” project for the promotion of professional networks, the organisation of practical workshops and support for media professionals throughout the EU neighborhood area.

Thierry said one of the main objectives of the programme is to equip journalists from neighboring countries with skills to improve the independence and objectivity of their journalistic products.

It also aims to equip the editorial and management teams of the neighbouhrood countries with the skills needed to run independent media and to support the establishment of a network of neighborhood journalists and media professionals that is actively used as a professional resource and a networking platform.

The other project presented at the conference is a more youth-oriented project called D-Jil (Digital Generation).

This project wants to support online media initiatives targeting young people from the following countries: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, said Nancy Demichelli from Canal France International (CFI).

“The projects supported by D-Jil will have to allow the creation of innovative online media content, reflecting the issues young people are interested in,” she pointed out.

According to Demichelli, these projects will be able to involve the media and civil society to enable young people to have better access to information, to reinforce their media culture and to increase their political participation and their civic engagement.

MEDMEDIA was developed within the framework of a Euros 17-million programme financed by the EU and titled “Media and Culture for the development of the South of the Mediterranean”.

Launched in January 2014, for a period of 48 months, the project targets southern Mediterranean countries including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Palestine.

Source: TAP News Agency

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