Media Pluralism and ICT
Over the past decade, PIWA contributed through its programme "pluralism of information", to the development of a culture of democracy in the region by fostering the emergence of professional and quality media.
To promote the rights to communicate and their counterparties, PIWA has worked primarily on the promotion of a political, legal and professional media environment.
Particular emphasis is placed on:
- The recognition and sustainability of community radios.
- Media internal governance and social responsibility vis-à-vis their public.
- Knowledge and recognition of media as development actors, which are indicative of the democratic health of West African countries.
- Improving process control and self-regulation.
- The recognition of the right of access to information.
The accelerated penetration of some ICT (mobile) has not yet led in general to a disruption in the economy and the functioning of the "old media" in West Africa. But it has already set the scene for citizen oriented journalism." An upheaval whether it is mastered or not, is however expected in the short term, with the digital migration.
PIWA priorities are:
- The communication policies promoting a more fair access to information which availability and production are facilitated by ICT
- The utilisation of ICT for citizen oriented journalism.
Multi-stakeholder debates, studies and training workshops are organized within this framework.