China and Iran have accepted to host two important AIBD activities taking place in 2016 and 2017.

The State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and TV, China (SAPPRFT) has tentatively decided to host the Asia Media Summit in 2017, likely to be held outside Beijing.

However, it will need final approval from China’s central government before preparations for the Summit can begin.

This will be the third time China will host the AMS, the first happened in Macau and the second in Beijing in 2010.

UNESCO has urged broadcasters to put more focus on allowing greater women participation in media and on ensuring the safety of working journalists in Asia-Pacific.

A 2015 study by UNESCO, International Federation of Journalists and UN Woman shows that only 28% of women belong to the media workforce and much less at the decision-making level in the region.

On safety of journalists, UNESCO data indicates that a working journalist is killed every week and 90% of the crime is left unpunished.

AIBD has successfully implemented its programme activities and initiatives during the last 12 months, notably the Asia Media Summit 2015 in Kuala Lumpur and the 27 training activities benefitting close to 700 broadcasters from 46 countries and regions in Asia-Pacific and beyond.

It has also pursued close collaboration with governments, international, regional and national broadcasting organisations, among them, the Tun Abdul Razak Broadcasting Information Institute of Malaysia (IPPTAR), Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, ITU, ABU, EBU, CCTV and FES.

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Broadcast organisations need to catch up with trends in the fast-changing media landscape to be able to better serve its modern audiences, particularly young consumers of old and new media.

They must also pay special attention to their corporate social responsibility in educating their audiences, and promoting media ethics and media literacy in today’s digital world. 

The AIBD Strategic Plan Team (SPT) wants institutions in Asia and beyond to know more about the Institute’s programmes and achievements as part of efforts to recruit new members and better serve its current members.

AIBD currently has 34 full members and 66 affiliate member organisations, representing 48 countries and regions.

The SPT has endorsed the Secretariat’s efforts, among others, to beef up dissemination of the AMS proceedings and achievements to its members and partners.

The Dart Centre Asia-Pacific is providing two expense-paid fellowships to Australian and regional mid-career journalists who want to develop knowledge Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma of emotional trauma to improve coverage of violence and disaster.

Fellowships are open to media professionals from all modes of reporting with at least five years of journalism experience.

The Asia Pacific Fellows will join ten or more European, American and Latin American journalists at an intensive week-long program of seminars and discussions held at Columbia University in New York City.