Media and Climate Crisis: Women and Youth Perspectives

The Datamation Foundation Trust, India, in partnership with UN agencies and other Civil Society organizations are pleased to host one day International Webinar Conference in New Delhi, India to deliberate contemporary issues around two main themes: Media and Climate Crisis: Women and Youth Perspectives with the support of JMIC Monday 25 October 2021.  

Climate Change is a major threat to life on the planet; now is the time to ACT. International legacy media as well as social media channels have heightened their attention to the Climate Crisis, not least pressurized by tens of thousands of young activists across the world and their promotion of Climate Action.

The webinar will further strengthen a Gender perspective on the Climate Crisis, since women have not only been most impacted; but have also emerged as the most vociferous and active advocates of Climate Action.  Furthermore, the webinar will address the role of young leaders, stirring mass actions such as Fridays for Future (FFF), who have entered the media scene powerfully with their demands for a safe future.

More information: International Webinar: Media and Climate Crisis: Women and Youth Perspectives. MONDAY October 25, 2021, 2pm ECT/ 530pm Indian time – MediaClimate 

Protection of journalists and journalism in crisis and conflict: Spotlight on Afghanistan and Burma/Myanmar

What happens when journalists have to leave their country in large numbers and the
 survival of journalism is threatened?

In 2021, this has already happened in Afghanistan and Myanmar/Burma, two countries where the space for journalism is shrinking.

Journalists with field experiences and international experts will share their experiences and viewpoints.


Moderator Elisabeth Eide

Opening by the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anniken Huitfeldt and OsloMet Rector, Nina Waaler 

Agnes Callamard, Secretary General, Amnesty International

Najiba Ayubi, Head of the media house  Killid and International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) in Afghanistan 

Dr. Samay Hamed, Head of Afghan PEN

Afshin Ismaeli, journalist, Aftenposten 

Thida Thin Myat Thu, Program Director, Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB)

Dr. Ma Thida, chair of Writer in Prison Committee of PEN International 

Jesper Højberg, Executive Director
, International Media Support(IMS)

Monday 1 November 2021 at 2 – 330 pm

OsloMet Pilestredet 52 (P 52) Studenthallen

Recommending access to information

Seven recommendation were the result of an event at An-Najah National University in Nablus in Palestine September 29th2021:  The Right to Know: Building Back Better with Right to Information. 

The Department of Communication and Digital Media at An-Najah National University organized the event at the University Campus in cooperation with UNESCO and JMIC.

The aim was to commemorate the International Day of Access to Information, celebrated by UNESCO and partner institutions in the world every year 28 September. 

The event included three sessions with the Vice President of An-Najah University, Dr. Abdul Salam Al-Khayat, Director of the UNESCO Office Representative of UNESCO in Palestine, Ms. Noha Bawazeer, Deputy Representative of Norway in Palestine, Mr. Erling Hoem, and the representative of the Palestinian Ministry of Information, Mr. Nasser Jawabreh, and the representative of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, journalist Jaafar Shtayyeh. 

The second and third sessions hosted a number of academics in the field of media from various Palestinian universities and a number of journalists: Mr. Ayman Al-Masry from An-Najah National University, Mr. Amin Abu Warda, Director of Asda’a Press Office, and Mr. Salah Abu Hassan from Hebron University Ms. Hanadi Dwaikat from the Arab American University, journalist Ali Daraghmeh, editor-in-chief of Madar News Agency and Mr. Saleh Musharaka from Birzeit University.

At the end of the event, the speakers came up with the following recommendations:

  1. Establishing mechanisms to communicate with the Council of Ministers about the outcomes of the event, and working on issuing a law on the Right of Access to Information.
  2. Inclusion of the concept of the Right of Access to Information within the educational curricula of media faculties in Palestinian universities, and in media education programs at schools, and striving for the right to obtain information to be a culture in the society. 
  3.  Develop clear protocols for the relationship between media institutions on the one hand, and between community institutions and ministries on the other hand, to regulate the process of information flow, ensure its access to the public, and prevent the monopoly of information, in a way that guarantees the public’s right to benefit from information, and achieves the principle of transparency, integrity and accountability.
  4. Strengthening the relationship between media colleges and journalists, linking the educational process to the reality of journalism to enhance the concept of the Right of Access to Information among future journalists, and enhancing cooperation between academics and journalists in this field. 
  5. Establish mechanisms to continue efforts to issue the law of the Right of Access to Information, so that these efforts do not remain seasonal.
  6.  Emphasizing that the Right of Access to Information goes beyond legal texts to include ethical aspects by instilling a culture of the citizen’s right to obtain information that contributes to the process of sustainable development and achieving freedom, prosperity and democracy.
  7.  Organizing training workshops for students of the media and related sectors on the right of access to information, to deepen understanding in this field, and to open up broader horizons for translating this right on the ground.