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Media Development Institute.

AMDISS is a home to the Media Development Institute (MDI) which is due to be established’s the establishment of the Library is on progress ‘s the Media and Resource Centre is meeting place for journalists across South Sudan and around the world, the first port of call on anything media related in South Sudan. It’s a place for journalists to discuss, debate and reflect. There are computers with high-speed internet, satellite television and the stock of the library includes newspapers, books, reports and research materials on issues of interest to journalists and civil society.

It is also the hub for our advocacy and media research work and the site of lectures, conferences, round tables, panel discussions, seminars and meetings. In the coming months the MDI will house AMDISS’s media training center, bringing together journalists from around the country for shorter and also more intensive courses on everything, from basic journalism skills to election or investigative Journalism, conflict sensitive reporting and photojournalism.

Training.

Independence presents great opportunities for South Sudan and its people, and the media has a crucial role to play the years ahead – raising debate on post-independence issues and in particular scrutinising the performance of the elected officials entrusted with developing the country.

But most South Sudanese journalists are young, inexperienced and ill-prepared to take on this important role, with few ever having received any formal training. AMDISS seeks to adddress this imbalance through its programme of intensive media courses and mentoring programmes.

A series of in-depth workshops are underway, building on the success of previous training projects which included a media mentorship scheme placing trainers in key media houses during the referendum period. More than 150 journalists gained new skills on news writing and broadcasting; digital editing; management; and ethics. This referendum project built on a previous mentoring scheme implemented during the national elections in April 2010.

Advocacy.

Through its advocacy programme, AMDISS seeks to build awareness on respect for freedom of expression, human rights, justice and the rule of law in each county of every state across South Sudan. Media laws, in particular, must comply with international human rights standards and internationally recognized in a democratic frameworks. AMDISS has embarked on an intensive advocacy effort with all key players in government and civil society organizations, the result of which is the drafting of the three media bills currently passed by the councils of ministers and awaiting approval from the South Sudan Legislative Assembly. When the bills are passed, AMDISS will take on the task of raising awareness about their content and monitoring their implementation.

The bills includes:

Promotes high quality public service broadcasting and the free flow of information in the public interest through a public service broadcasting corporation for South Sudan, the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation.

Media Authority Bill.

Establishes the constitutional right of access to information and promotes maximum disclosure of information in the public interest.