REPEATEDLY VIOLATING THE JOURNALIST'S RIGHT ACCESS TO INFORMATION
(Globe International/IFEX) – On July 27, Mr. M. Yadmaa, governor of Omnogovi province, ordered department heads not to give information to "Altangobi" television while the TV cameraman, Mr M. Shinekhuu, was reporting on a meeting of the heads of the governor’s department offices.On July 26, "AltanGobi" television aired a TV program covering the price of meat increasing too much and interviewed a meat retailer, Dolgor, who said, "The Governor of the province gave out money from the Governor's Office to his relatives who purchased meat from neighboring provinces, and resold it here."
BAYAN-ULGII LOCALS PART WITH INTELLECTUAL POVERTY
It was since last year when Ulgii city inhabitants obtained access to cable television, with cable satellites having been installed for around 3500 families, which implies that around 17 thousand Ulgii city inhabitants are now able to receive 24 TV channels. Read more...
"HOVD TELEVISION” AUDITED
The audit of “Hovd Television” by Hovd aimag’s Audit authority from 20-30 June 2006 found that the organization’s strategy for 2005 lacked any objectives, the organization did not have a quarterly or annual plan, there were no documents defining the organization’s goals and ways to accomplish them, and the organization’s status was vague. Read more...
North western region
LOCAL PUBLIC RADIO TO BE ESTABLISHED
Upon discussing the issue of establishing a local public radio in connection with the adoption of the Law on Public Radio and Television, Gobi-Altai aimag’s Citizens Representatives Assembly decided to establish “Altai” local public radio. Read more...
RURAL RADIO GAINS MOMENTUM IN THE MONGOLIAN COUNTRYSIDE
It was 08:00; there was no power, a hollow roof full of ash and dead pigeons, three crooked poles of different gauges and an incomplete Chinese satellite dish that came with the wrong pieces. At Gobi Wave radio station in Omnogovi aimag, southern Mongolia, the options were limited. After all, it is the least densely populated region in all of Asia.
We had driven 12 hours over demanding dirt tracks to reach Dalanzadgad, the capital of Omnogovi, only to find our ability to install the new equipment hindered by a uselessly broken power plant.
WIRELESS TELEVISION TO LAUNCH IN MONGOLIA
Since spring 2006 the Yangtze Telecom Corp. has been actively setting up Mongolia’s first wireless TV network. Media releases from the company have stated that promotional launch will occur within 7-10 days. Wireless TV remains to be a fairly new technology, with most prices in the United States costing around USD$30 per month. For Mongolia’s vast open spaces wireless technology could prove very successful, if end user prices are kept low enough for a population with over 30 percent living in poverty. Read more...
EAGLE TV BECOMES MOST WATCHED NEWS CHANNEL
The Press Institute of Mongolia recently released their research report on TV viewers for June, 2006. For the first time ever, Eagle TV was the most watched station Monday through Friday and was the overall most watched, scoring almost double of the closest competitor.
Eagle TV Managing Director, Tom Terry, stated that while he was pleased with the results, he feels that they may be a touch higher than average. “I think Eagle TV is realistically a station that should have an 8-12 point viewer share,” he commented in a phone interview. “Since we are a continuously live news channel, we usually only attract very large audiences during breaking news.” Terry continued to say that, “the results of the three full summer months will present much more balanced results.
EAGLE TV EVICTED FROM BUILDING
“The Russian Property Office of the Kremlin has said that Eagle TV can’t remain in this building,” stated Tom Terry, managing director of Eagle TV, Thursday morning. “We wondered if there were government motives, but the issues of our lease and the Mongolian government are completely unrelated.”
In July, a letter delivered to Eagle TV from the Russian Kremlin cited, “objective reasons,” for the early termination of Eagle’s lease, not set to expire until 2009.
The letter states that Eagle TV must be moved out from the Russian government owned building 90 days after the notice of eviction, a time period which will end during the middle of October.
TV HEAD SACKED
The National Committee of Public Radio and Television convened on August 17 and dismissed S.Myagmar, who was working as the PRT General Director, based on the results of financial and other inspections carried out at the PRT. As well as director, the Public Radio director, the director of the Finance Department and director of Human Resources and the Cooperation Department were also dismissed. Public Radio Director B.Purevdash is temporarily replacing S.Myagmar.
INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS CLUB TO BE ESTABLISHED
On July 6, a meeting to consider the issue of establishing a political observers club comprising journalists dealing with international issues, international relations desk officers and researchers was held yesterday in MONTSAME agency’s Information centre.
The main objective of the club is to prepare and broadcast comments and reviews on notable international events. The club will also focus on supporting information and experience exchange among international journalists, enhancement of their skills and qualifications and training of young political observers. Read more...
DAILY NEWSPAPERS ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHED
National daily newspapers “Unuudur”, “Udriin sonin”, “Zuuni Medee”, “Ardin Erh”, “Unen”, “Mongolin Medee” formed an association with a view to protect the freedom of press and journalists’ rights. Read more...
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON L. TUDEV
“APPREB”, an electronic journal issued by UNESCO’s Asian-Pacific cultural centre, reported that Mongolia’s “labor hero” Dr. Tudev London, a state-prized writer, was awarded “Pinnacle of Success”, which was conferred on the best 100 international writers. He was 70 at the time.
THAT KHAN –DO ATTITUTE
Communism came early to Mongolia. The land-locked, desert country declared itself a people’s republic in 1924 and survived nearly seven decades under the rule of the Mongolian People’s Party. With this history, today’s journalists in Mongolia face a striking challenge: ethics.
This Knigt Fellow spent much time explaining the basics: Don not accept money to do a story. Do not accept money not to do a story. Do not accept money from any group or company to pay for your expenses while on a story.
Issues that may be obvious to U.S journalists require repeated explanation to their Mongolian collegues. Why? Mongolian reporters earn about $150 a month, though many less than that. It takes $300 a month to live. You do the math. Read more...
REPRESENTATIVE OF GI PARTICIPATED IN MEDIA LAW TRAINING
D.Munkhburen, executive director of Globe International who advocate on free expression and media freedom, attended in 5th Media Law Advocates Training Programme at the University of Oxford, from 9 - 28 July 2006 in collaboration with the Open Society Justice Initiative and other organisations.
FIRST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER'S FORUM IN NORTHEAST ASIA
We, more than 55 participants from the Northeast Asia sub-region gathered at the first Northeast Asia Human Rights Defenders’ Forum (NEA-HRDF) jointly organised by FORUM-ASIA and CHRD; in Nukht, suburb of Ulaanbaatar, in Mongolia, from 16 to 20 August 2006, to conduct comparative reviews of the human right situation in these countries and to reflect on the role of civil society and human rights organizations, under the theme of “Promoting Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Right to Development: Strengthening the Role of Human Rights Defenders in Northeast Asia”. Read more...
Annual report 2005