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Materials in this section are not copyrighted. They belong to the public domain and may be copied or translated into local languages while due credit to UNESCO must be cited.  Please first inform us when you decide to reproduce any of the following publications in parts or in full. 


The Global Investigative Journalism Casebook

The Global Casebook of Investigative Journalism serves as a complement to UNESCO's successful publication Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists 2009). UNESCO has consistently supported initiatives to strengthen investigative journalism throughout the world, which is crucial for freedom of expression and freedom of information. The Casebook aims to enable and enhance the exchange of good practices and networking in investigative journalism worldwide.

Community media: a good practice handbook

This is a collection of case studies of good practice in community media. Its intention is to provide inspiration and support for those engaged in community media advocacy and to raise awareness and understanding of community media among policy makers and other stakeholders. The collection is focused on electronic media including radio, television, Internet and mobile. It is global in spread, with examples from 30 countries, but primarily drawn from developing countries. This has the additional consequence that radio is predominant in view of its extensive presence today in developing country media environments and its reach into rural as well as urban communities.

Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers

This Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers is an important resource for Member States in their continuing work towards achieving the objectives of the Grünwald Declaration (1982), the Alexandria Declaration (2005) and the UNESCO Paris Agenda (2007) – all related to MIL.

Policy guidelines for the development and promotion of open access

UNESCO issued this publication to demystify the concept of Open Access (OA) and to provide concrete steps on putting relevant policies in place. Building capacities in Member States for Open Access is a necessary but not sufficient condition for promotion of the concept. Creating an enabling policy environment for OA is therefore a priority.

Freedom of Information: A Comparative Legal Survey

The importance of the right to information or the right to know is an increasingly constant refrain in the mouths of development practitioners, civil society, academics, the media and governments. What is this right, is it really a right and how have governments sought to give effect to it? These are some of the questions this book seeks to address, providing an accessible account of the law and practice regarding freedom of information, and an analysis of what is working and why. 

Freedom of Expression and Broadcasting Regulation (2011)

This study, written by international experts, Toby Mendel and Eve Salomon, provides content for reflection on the centrality of regulation for the protection, promotion and guarantee of the right to receive, seek and impart information, ideas and opinions.


Public service broadcasting: a comparative legal survey (2011)

This book on public service broadcasting explores the legal and regulatory systems governing public service broadcasters in eight different countries around the world (Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom) and looks at what services they provide, the way in which their mandates are defined, their internal governance systems, mechanisms of oversight or accountability and how they are funded. 

Story-based inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists (2011)

This manual provides a guide to basic methods and techniques of investigative journalism, and it consciously fills a gap in the literature of the profession. The majority of investigative manuals devote a lot of space to the subject of where to find information. They assume that once a reporter finds the information he or she seeks, he or she will be able to compose a viable story. 

The Importance of self-regulation of the media in upholding freedom of expression (2011)

This study written by Andrew Puddephatt focuses on different angles of self- regulation applied to the media sector. It summarizes the intersections of the theme with the practice of journalism, the editorial principles and strategies for corporate social responsibility. (How freedom of expression is supported- the UNESCO framework).

The Regulatory environment for broadcasting: an international best practice survey for Brazilian stakeholders (2011)

This study, written by international experts, Toby Mendel and Eve Salomon, is an investigation of the current regulatory situation of the Brazilian media system in comparison with current practices in ten other democracies (Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Jamaica, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States of America) and with recommendations of international law.

Guidelines for broadcasters on promoting user-generated content and media and information literacy (2011)

For the first time guidelines have been published on how broadcasters around the world can encourage audiences to produce better quality user-generated content and to improve media and information literacy. The new guidelines will also enable the public to become more media and information literate.

Assessment of Media Development in the Maldives: Based on UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (2009)

This Report assesses the overall state of media development in the Maldives, based on UNESCO's Media development indicators: a framework for assessing media development. The assessment of the Maldives takes into account the special situation of the country, particularly in terms of its size and consequent relative lack of capacity.

Strategy framework for promoting ICT literacy in the Asia-Pacific Region

Bangkok: Unesco Bangkok, 2008. 40 pp., 556 KB (ISBN 978-92-9223-188-0)

Understanding Information Literacy: A Primer. UNESCO Paris 2008, 657 KB.

An easy to read, non technical overview explaining what Information Literacy means, designed for busy public policy- makers, business executives, civil society administrators and practicing professionals. 


Empowering Information Professionals: A Training Program on Information and Communication Technology. Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2006, 9 modules. 

This training programme is intended for people working in libraries and information centers. The nine- modules programme aims to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to deal with the application of ICTs in library and information services. It is also intended for students and teachers of Library and Information Science. 

Media Education : Kit for teachers, students, parents and professional. Paris : UNESCO 2006, 195 p., 1.45 MB.pdf

Media Education: A Kit for Teachers, Students, Parents and Professionals a new UNESCO publication provides a broad set of guidelines and insights on how to introduce media education as a subject.  Edited by Divina Frau-Meigs, Media Education includes five handbooks for four audience groups:  teachers, students, parents and media professionals. Media education advocates and enthusiasts will find this training kit of particular relevance.

Principles of Awareness- Raising for Information Literacy, A Case Study. Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok 2006, 114 pp. MB (ISBN 92-9223-082-4)

In a world of interactive communication flow, the awareness- raising makes possible the mutual understanding and the development of competencies and skills in order to ensure the permanent exchange of information. The manual provides guidelines for developing process of awareness- raising focusing on global efforts to promote awareness of information literacy.


Development of Information Literacy through School Libraries in South-East Asian Countries. Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2006, 12 pp.  (IFAP Project 461RAS5027)

Report of an IFAP Special Fund project of the same name, accompanied by a CD-ROM containing the proceedings of the last regional workshop. The report presents a brief picture of information literacy education in the seven countries participating in the project: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam.

E-Government in Developing Countries. Lessons Learned from Republic of Korea. 
Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2006, p.86; 1.64 MB .pdf  (ISBN 92-9223-076-X)

Several materials are provided to help decision makers, public officers and private partner carry out e-government project in developing countries. The toolkit is based on the experience of the Republic of Korea, as this country is currently considered one of global leader in the e-government implementation, still making efforts to develop and utilize better services.

E-Government Toolkit for Developing Countries

The toolkit offers an action framework involving all stakeholders in developing countries including parliamentarians, government executives, institutions as well as non governmental organizations and guide them through various phases in their e-government initiatives.

The IFLA/UNESCO School Library Guidelines  คู่มือปฏิบัติงานในห้องสมุดโรงเรียน
Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2005, 25 p (In Thai) (English version also available)
ISBN 92-9223-072-7.

School managers and librarians will benefit from this valuable publication which covers all aspects of school library.

UNESCO Public Library Manifesto 1994; The IFLA Internet Manifesto; The Glasgow Declaration on Libraries, Information Services and Intellectual Freedom
Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2005, 8 p (in Thai) (English version available). ISBN 92-9223-071-9.

Useful reference material for all public librarians and public library staff explaining the purpose, mission and function of public libraries. Included in the same publication are the IFLA Internet Manifesto and the Glasgow Declaration on Intellectual Freedom.

IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto: The School Library in Teaching and Learning for All
Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2005, 7 p (In Thai). ISBN 92-9223-070-0

A higly recommended reading not only for school librarians but also for education planners and managers, the Manifesto gives a clear and detailed explanation as to what purpose school librarians should serve and how they should be managed.

How to Create a Website: Guiding Principles. Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2005.

The Web has been in existence for a sufficient number of decades and has thus generated a wealth of experiences and lessons learned. These have been evolved into tested principles and guidelines by many website developers.The manual offers four major  chapters and aims at assisting website managers and developers in planning a well- thought out website.  

Community Radio Handbook (Thai Version)
by Colin Fraser and Sonia Restrepo Estrada - translate into Thai by Assoc Professor Joompol Rodcomdee
Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2005, 126 p. - ISBN 92-9223-056-5

A must-read for anyone interested in establishing a community radio station. The book describes a brief history and explains the concept of community radio as well as provides general guidance for setting up a community radio station.


Ten Steps for Establishing a Sustainable Multipurpose Community Telecentre
2003, 10 volumes.

Ten Steps for establishing a sustainable Multipurpose Community Telecentre (MCT) is intended to walk communities through the basic requirements which need to be addressed when setting out to open and operate a successful MCT. It is a generic process only.

Mind Mapping Multimedia: Using Mind Maps to Design CD-ROMs: A Guide for Young People and Youth Organizations in Southeast Asia
UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, 2002, 85p. ISBN 974-680-203-8

This handbook,written by a young Australian journalist, provides the information needed to design a multimedia CD-ROM aimed at educating other young people about AIDS.

Memories and Marvels: Using Mind Maps to Design Web Sites and CD-ROMs about Heritage and Culture in Asia-Pacific: A Guide for Young People and Youth Organizations
2002, 115p. + 1 CD-ROM    ISBN 974-680-219-4

This handbook provides practical advice on building multimedia CD-ROMs and Web sites. To help design the multimedia project, this handbook sets out the principles of Mind Mapping.

UNESCO Young Digital Creators (YDC) Educator's Kit

The YDC Educator's Kit is designed to help teachers and educators working in schools, youth clubs, community centres, and training institutes to generate and manage project- based learning activities with young people. 

How to do Community RadioNew Delhi: UNESCO New Delhi - IPDC E-Publication , 2004, 418 KB

This book is intended to be of use to all those wanting to become involved or already involved in community multimedia centre initiatives – staff and managers, community groups, NGOs working for community empowerment, communication planners supporting development activities, trainers and project partners. It will obviously be of particular interest to those operating or considering starting a CMC as it covers the full range of topics linked to community broadcasting and to telecentre operations.