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Un minuto por mis derechos
After 5 months of friendly meetings, deep reflections and hard collective
work, the 450 young people who are participating in the 2006 edition
of un minuto por mis derechos in Argentina are already
editing more than 70 videos.
With the help of 25 facilitators formed in media production and
human rights, all of them gathered in the 18 workshops developed
in 8 Argentinean provinces from North to South. Although many miles
separate these children from one another, all are joined in one
common aim: Be able to express their thoughts, dreams, rights, realities
and give a clear message in an artistic way. The 2006 productions
will be presented in a big show in the imágenes jóvenes
cinema festival, that will take place on october 10 th in Gaumont
Cinema, one of the most traditional in Buenos Aires City.
UN MINUTO POR MIS DERECHOS es una iniciativa impulsada por UNICEF
que, en Argentina, es promovida por la oficina local y llevada adelante
por la Fundación Kine, Cultural y Educativa.
El proyecto convoca a adolescentes entre 14 y 21 años a expresarse
de forma creativa y amplia sobre sus derechos a través del
lenguaje audiovisual y mediante la realización de videos
de 1 minuto de duración.
Berlinale Talent Campus #5
The Berlinale Talent Campus is a summit of the most talented up-and-coming
filmmakers. During the 57th Berlin International Film Festival (www.berlinale.de)
they will have the opportunity to learn from world class experts
and establish an international network.
Eligible for participation are young professionals or advanced students
in the areas of screenwriting, production, direction, cinematography,
acting, editing, sound design, film music, art direction, production
design and film journalism.
CRCA Promotes Child Rights Media Awards in Albania
The Children's Human Rights Center in Albania - CRCA, held in the
premises of Hotel Tirana International a public ceremony to award
three journalists with the Child Rights Media Award 2005, and to
introduce the official opening of Child Rights Media Award 2006.
The event was funded by Olof Palme International Center and SIDA
OPPORTUNITIES / COMPETITIONS
Radio competition will recognize young broadcasters
Radio broadcasters under 21 years of age around the world can enter
the 2006 UNICEF/OneWorld Radio competition, which will honor broadcasts
on HIV and AIDS and children. Submission deadline: October 1.
A newspaper by the kids, for the kids - Indo-Asian News Service
- Kolkata, September 26, 2006
To mark the Girl Child Day on Sunday, a child rights-based newspaper
has been launched by children studying in government schools in
West Bengal. Dedar Khabor or 'Unbounded News,' a 16-page Bengali
paper, has been written, edited and designed by the children, some
from remote rural areas of the state.
UNESCO launches call for video podcast proposals
Within the framework of its project "Harnessing ICTs for the
audiovisual industry and public service broadcasting in developing
countries", UNESCO is launching a call for submissions of video
podcast proposals for a series of production grants.
UNICEF submission to the Committee on the Rights of
the Child Day of General Discussion
The Committee on the Rights of the Child will hold a Day of
General Discussion on "The Right of the Child to be Heard"
in Geneva on 15 September 2006.
the official UNICEF submission!
NEWSPAPERS / EVENTS
Asian Newspapers Target Young Readers
Newspapers from twelve Asian and Pacific countries gathered
in Bangkok this week to share strategies and best practices on the
critical issue of attracting young people to newspapers.
The Second Asian Young Readers Roundtable drew participants from
newspapers in Australia, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, New
Zealand, The Philippines, Thailand and Singapore, with observers
from China, Laos, and Cambodia. The first event was held in Korea
Junk food makers using internet to target children, says watchdog
- Sarah Boseley, health editor - Wednesday September 6, 2006 - The
Children are being targeted by junk food manufacturers through
internet advertising, chatrooms, text messages and "advergames"
on websites, an obesity watchdog warned yesterday, calling for global
action to protect their health.
Self-regulation by the food industry has failed, according to a
report from the UK-based International Obesity Task Force to a conference
in Sydney, Australia. "New forms of advertising are increasingly
being employed which bypass parental control and target children
directly," says the report by Tim Lobstein, coordinator of
the taskforce's childhood obesity group.
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RESOURCES / BOOKS
UNESCO unveils new publication on young people and harmful media
UNESCO in collaboration with International Clearinghouse on Children,
Youth and Media, NORDICOM/Goteborg University produced a publication
on "Regulation, Awareness, Empower-ment. Young People and harmful
Media Content in the Digital Age".
This book presents a comprehensive review of the field, current
knowledge and recent trends on the subject of offensive and harmful
media content and the protection of minors, evaluative research
on different measures, examples of resources and projects from many
parts of the world and, not least important, reflections on protective
measures and media and information literacy – all forward-looking,
with a view to create a better future for our young.
Many parents, teachers and policy-makers are concerned about the
negative influence they believe media exert on children and young
people. There is particular concern about depictions of violence
in the media. But in today’s world violence is only part of
the problem. There are also pornographic films and images, excessive
marketing, stereotypical and disrespectful depictions of young people,
women and minorities, hate-mongering messages, and so forth. Interactive
media like the Internet also imply invitations to risky behaviour
in real life in connection with media use. Violence is no longer
an adequate heading; today, terms like “harmful media content”
or “harm and offence in media content” are more in keeping
with the situation. It is this broader term that forms our point
of departure in this work.
The title, Regulation, Awareness, Empowerment indicates that whenever
protection of minors against media content and reducing the amount
of harmful media content are discussed, media literacy and information
literacy must always be included. The book is based on surveys different
kinds of efforts at raising such literacy, each of which is accompanied
by a catalogue of best practices, activities and innovative approaches.
The book is edited by Ulla Carlsson and offers examples of activities
and projects with a focus on children’s and young people’s
own media production as one of the more effective means to raise
their level of knowledge and awareness.
The publication can be downloaded here.
Hard copies can be ontained from Hara
Prasad Padhy, UNESCO.
Tom can smack Jerry, but they can't smoke
Like most of you, I was overjoyed to read that a British media
regulator had censored a couple of old "Tom and Jerry"
cartoons because there were scenes in which the characters smoked.
First off, I was not aware that there were such things in Britain
as "media regulators." Clearly, this is something that
we need more of in this country. A serious media regulator would
not allow commercials involving male enhancement drugs, commercials
for fast food that sound like they're using a very bad word or any
ad in which women volunteer to pay for a strange man's dry cleaning.
Because these ads are just wrong. Of course, the whole "media
regulator" thing may need some tweaking before we get it just
British media regulators appear to believe that 50-year-old cartoons
in which a cat puffs on a cigar will rot the health of young people,
who would never be exposed to tobacco otherwise.
Like all good cartoon cats and mice, Tom and Jerry spent most of
their time trying to kill each other in sadistically imaginative
ways. Lawn mowers were applied to the cat's behind; the mouse was
doused with water and thrown into the freezer; the cat was dropped
into a vat of acid; you get the picture.
Scenes such as these apparently enrich the characters of our young
people, while the sight of Tom puffing on a stogie drives our children
into homicidal rages. Or inspires them to buy a pack of Winstons,
which could be worse.
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