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March 2014

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MARCH 2014

In this Edition: Europe; Africa; Asia; Global; Middle East; North America
 

EUROPE 

  • UK
    ITV is launching a new channel aimed at young women. ITVBe will offer 'the best entertaining lifestyle and reality programming from the UK and the US', the broadcaster said. It will 'appeal to a younger, female audience', according to ITV's director of television, Peter Fincham.
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  • RUSSIA
    'The Pilgrim's Progress' is being transformed into a televised puppet show for children and their families by Family Life Network's Russian partners. The first eight episodes follow Grandpa as he encounters characters and predicaments on his spiritual journey that teach him that he can abandon his heavy backpack at the feet of Jesus.
    Contact: Claude Pratte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 
  • UK
    The Evangelical Alliance has launched a programme to find leaders from local congregations and put Christian voices into public debate. The EA's long-term vision is for the Church to have a strong culture of leadership in the public sphere. The programme will train, equip and encourage men and women to step out into Public view and take the lead. 
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  • GERMANY
    Missionswerk Neues Leben, founded by the late German evangelist Anton Schulte, celebrates 60 years of ministry this year, 2014. Neues Leben will hold a number of thanksgiving meetings in Stuttgart, Hamburg, Wehrsdorf, Woelmersen and Berlin later in the year.
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  • UK
    Damaris Trust is backing a new film 'Noah', inspired by the Bible story and its themes of courage, sacrifice and hope. 'Noah' is directed by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, and stars Academy Award winner Russell Crowe. 'Noah' encourages people to think about questions of faith and doubt, righteousness and wickedness, judgment and mercy, and the relationship between humanity, the world and God. Damaris is providing free community resources to help groups engage with the film.
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  • GERMANY
    A change of leadership is imminent at ERF Medien in Germany. Juergen Werth has been with ERF for 41 years. The 62-year-old journalist announced two years ago that he would leave his post at the end of September this year. Likely successor is Joerg Dechert, ERF Media Content Manager. Board Chairman Prof Juergen von Hagen (Bonn) told ERF members that the Board had spoken up unanimously for Dechert. The Members Meeting on May 12 will formally make the decision on Werth's successor.

    Dechert studied physics and worked as project manager for CINA, the Christian Internet working group which has been part of ERF since 2002.
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  • UK
    In the past six months, the Lapido Website has drawn half a million visitors to its analysis of religion in world affairs. It is drawing visitors internationally - particularly the US and China (which accounts for around a third of all the site's traffic). Visits are also coming from Germany, the Ukraine, Australia and Russia.
    Visit: www.lapidomedia.com
     
  • UK
    Free speech reform comes into force following a three-year campaign, led by the Christian Institute. Police will no longer be able to use Section 5 of the Public Order Act to arrest people just because others may find their words or behaviour 'insulting'. In January 2013 the Government agreed to take out the word 'insulting'. It has taken over a year for the reform to come into force because the Home Office has been working with the police to prepare them for the change. One protester was arrested for calling Scientology a 'cult', someone else for saying 'woof' to a dog and another for calling a police horse 'gay'. The House of Lords voted to remove the word 'insulting'.
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AFRICA

  • KENYA
    The Tearfund Church and Community Mobilisation Programme, known as 'Umoja', or 'Together', enables church people to work together with their community to break away from dependency and plan their way forward. Umoja's training programme has brought transformation to local churches and their communities around the world and helped them to build a sustainable future. After Umoja training, people take what they have learned out into the community, setting up groups to evaluate needs, identify leadership, build structures to ensure accountability and set goals.
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  • SOUTH SUDAN
    The Episcopalian churches in South Sudan have initiated conference calls linking with the USA and Canada to allow people to hear directly from Bishops of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan with information about the current crisis and to encourage Peace and Reconciliation moves in the countries. The Sudanese Development and Relief Agency (SUDRA) is working with the churches in South Sudan to provide humanitarian aid to those displaced by the violence.
    Contact: Mr John Lumori. Tel: +211 977 111 417.
     
  • KENYA
    Relating to journalistic freedom and state regulation of the Press, Kenya's National Assembly has passed the Kenya Information and Communication (Amendment) Act and the Media Council Act. Journalists fear it will silence critical reporting through a new government-controlled regulator and the threat of large fines.

    The regulatory board may fine journalists up to 500,000 Kenyan shillings (£3,600) and media companies up to 20 million shillings (£153,000) if the board finds them in breach of a government-dictated code of conduct.

    Kenya Editors' Guild, the Kenya Correspondents Association, and the Kenya Union of Journalists issued a joint statement saying parliament's rubber-stamping of the new law was 'a dark moment for Kenya's robust media environment' and set a dangerous precedent for other East African Countries.
    Source: CIOJ Journal
     
  • RWANDA
    The Bishop of Kigali, the Rt Rev Louis Muvanyi, spoke at a special meeting in Lambeth Palace in London, hosted by Samaritan’s Purse International.  The event marked the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in which more than 800,000 people died. Rwanda has one of the largest populations of orphans in the world and the Bishop commented on the impact of the SP programme “Raising Families” in the long-term healing and development process.
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ASIA

  • ASIA
    Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global) will this year celebrate the establishment of the 100th community-based Christian radio station in the 10 years since HCJB founded the Asia Pacific Region. Reach Beyond is now working to establish 100 stations in Thailand alone! After more than 120 years of missionary work, Thailand is still among the least reached nations on earth - just 0.5 percent evangelical.
    Visit: www.ReachBeyond.org

  • GUAM AND SRI LANKA
    TWR is replacing obsolete computers and support software for broadcast in Guam and Sri Lanka which reach a vast area of spiritually needy people. Broadcasts are heard in North Korea; isolated villages in Papua New Guinea; in India, where some 20,000 people respond to TWR's broadcasts each month; and they provide training for pastors in China where tens of thousands of people are responding to the Gospel each year.
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  • BANGLADESH
    A new initiative, the DJ Club, has been launched to deepen engagement with students in Bangladesh. The club invites small groups of students to train over a four-month period in radio production and other media skills, and encourages them to consider how they might each serve their local community. The team are also streaming live programmes to urban students via their online radio hub. Each week, they produce and stream nine live half-hour shows.
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GLOBAL

  • GLOBAL
    Operation Mobilisation's Logos Hope visited 15 different ports across the Indian Ocean, South East Asia and the Gulf in 2013. The ship sailed more than 12,000 miles in total and over 670,000 visitors walked up the gangway. Logos Hope is undergoing four weeks of dry-dock maintenance in Hong Kong in March and April. She remains in Hong Kong until April 23, then will visit Japan and dock in Nagasaki (April 28 - May 13) and Kanazawa (May 15 - 27). 
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  • THE INTERNET
    The web is worldwide, but from its inception the internet has been created, controlled and overseen largely by the United States. Now, however, the US Government intends to yield the reins to the global digital community.  The US Commerce Department has announced that it has asked the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) to plan a handover to an as-yet-undefined group consisting of both private and public 'stakeholders'. Fadi Chehade, the president and chief executive of Icann, said: 'We are inviting governments, the private sector, civil society, and other internet organisations from the whole world to join us in developing this transition process... All stakeholders deserve a voice in the management and governance of this global resource as equal partners.'
    Source: I Newspaper 

MIDDLE EAST 

  • MIDDLE EAST
    New SAT-7 iPhone and Android apps are providing the Middle East with Christian TV on the move. More Middle Eastern viewers can now watch SAT-7's Christian Television channels on the new iOS apps released in January for Apple iPhones. SAT-7's four main channels - SAT-7 ARABIC, KIDS, PARS and TURK - along with a new channel for Arabic speakers in North America can all be downloaded free to viewers' smartphones.
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  • IRAN
    World leaders continue to take a strong stand for American Pastor Saeed Abedini imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith. The British Parliament has released a statement supporting Iran's recent talk of clemency. Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said there were 'various clemency measures in Iran that can be introduced. The UK's All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief said: 'While we understand that such a decision rests with the judiciary in Iran, we are encouraged that a high-ranking minister is openly taking this position.'
    Contact: Catherine Montgomery This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     
  • IRAQ
    FEBA'S FM partners in Baghdad have a new website. The team began streaming its programmes online in a bid to reach more listeners. 'It's an exciting step,' says Middle East coordinator Noor Fadel. 'Streaming online means that not only can people listen throughout Iraq, it can also reach Iraqis who have left the country.'
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  • MIDDLE EAST
    The radio programme 'Unshackled' which originates from the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago is now broadcast in Arabic on the IBRA network in the Middle East at 0800 UTC from a 300 kW transmitter.
    Contact: Costa Akerland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NORTH AMERICA

 

  • ICVM'S INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
    The theme of ICVM's (International Christian Visual Media) Conference, taking place in Atlanta on June 25-28 2014, is 'Onward: Together Toward Tomorrow'. Highlights of the Conference include: a Director's Cut Workshop; a tour of Triple Horse Studios; and the Crown Awards dinner and ceremony which recognises the best achievements in the video and film production aspects of ICVM. At Scene Shop writers can have short scenes from their screen plays read out by actors and critiqued. To take part in this workshop, actors and writers should contact Barbara Sundstrom prior to the conference. 
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  • PUERTO RICO
    In January, The Rock Radio Network's listeners in Puerto Rico raised Bibles for the remote Spanish-speaking African nation of Equatorial Guinea. More than 8,000 Bibles have been given.
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