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InterMedia's multiyear AudienceScapes project is aimed at bridging knowledge gaps about media preferences, personal communication habits and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in developing regions around the world.
AudienceScapes looks at the general population’s access to and use of media, access to and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), and word-of-mouth communication habits; and how these factors affect people's acquisition of knowledge about key development topics.
In less than a decade, the private media revolution in Pakistan has seen the introduction of more than 100 new private channels. The liberalization of Pakistan’s cable and satellite TV market by the government in the aftermath of the Kargill war opened the door for private media. This led to the introduction, for the first time, of non-state Pakistani voices.
It was less than a decade ago, that Pakistanis had just one network on their televisions, until the government of President Pervez Musharaff finally deregulated the licensing process which issues cable and satellite channels. Today, there are close to a hundred private cable and satellite channels that are available to those who have access to a cable or satellite connection. These regulatory changes have had significant implications for how news and information is disseminated, particularly in a country where television is the overall most accessed medium. However, radio remains popular in rural and difficult to access regions.
Timor-Leste, a small South East Asian country that gained its independence from Portugal in 1975 only to be occupied by Indonesia until the late 1990s, is one of many smaller islands in South East Asia facing issues of poverty and, at times, famine. The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste released a report on its 2010 survey of media in Timor-Leste this June. The survey looks at demographics, the reach of various media, mobile phone and internet use, as well as the effectiveness of various communication strategies and who is not using media at all in Timor-Leste. More on the report
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