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SIGNIS Asia Focus features Assam Don Bosco University Media Dept

Signis Asia FocusGuwahati — The Signis Asia Focus, a quarterly e-publication of the world Catholic Communications Asia group has run a two page feature on Assam Don Bosco University’s Mass Communication department. The news feature in its May issue is found on pages 9 and 10 of the attached PDF file. Signis Asia Focus-May 2016

SIGNIS Asia Focus is its official quarterly publication. The 20 member countries of Signis Asia are divided into three regions: South Asia (5), East Asia (5) and South East Asia (10) members. South Asia members are:  Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. East Asia members are: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Maccau and Taiwan. South East Asia members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Timor Leste.

Signis is the World Catholic Association for Communication. http://www.signis.netSignis was created in November 2001 from the merger between two organizations (Unda, for radio and television; and OCIC, for cinema and audiovisuals) that were both created in 1928. Signis has consultative status with UNESCO, Ecosoc (United Nations in Geneva and New York), and the Council of Europe.

It is officially recognized by the Vatican as a Catholic organization for communication. The secretariat of Signis World is in Brussels, Belgium.

SIGNIS Objectives: Signis’ primary objective is to oversee and coordinate communications activites in the field of cinema, radio, television, audiovisuals, research and training.

Signis also involves itself in film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Venice, Ouagadougou, etc…) and makes the Church’s presence by being a member of the jury in most major film festivals of the world.

Members of Signis World come from all over the world representing 140 nations. Apart from nations, membership is also open to organizations and institutions who have similar objectives.

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Media priest Fr. Reuter dies at 96

Fr. James B. Reuter, S.J.

Fr. James B. Reuter, S.J.

KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – The grand old man of Signis Asia formerly Unda/OCIC Asia, Fr. James B. Reuter, S.J., of the Philippines described as “legendary,” media priest died on Monday, December 31, after succumbing to a lingering illness. He was 96 years old.

Reuter will be laid to rest on Saturday, 5th January 2013 at the Jesuit cemetery at the Sacred heart Novitiate in Novaliches, Quezon City. The funeral mass will be held at the Gesu at 8:30 a.m.

In a statement from Malacañang presidential palace, the Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda cited Fr Reuter who first arrived in the Philippines as a young Jesuit novice before World War II and throughout his priestly vocation in the country, became “friend, mentor, confessor, adviser to generations of Filipinos.”

“From the time he first came to this country before World War II as a young Jesuit novice, to his passing after a lingering illness today, Fr. James B. Reuter found happiness and fulfillment in his priestly vocation in the Philippines. His impact was most deeply felt in the sphere of communications, whether in the promotion of the Family Rosary Crusade, or the formation of JESCOM in the Philippines. Along the way he was friend, mentor, confessor, adviser to generations of Filipinos, both in public and private life, and in the media, arts, and journalism,” Lacierda said.

“His love of the Philippines and Filipinos was legendary; so much so it earned him a stature and affection beyond the measure of the many awards, both national and sectoral, that he received throughout his long life. We join the Society of Jesus in the Philippines, the generations of alumni of the Ateneo de Manila University, and men and women of media, arts, and letters, who mourn the loss of this man of faith, good cheer, and eloquence,” he added.

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Signis Secretary General lauds Asian Members

Mr Alvito D’Souza

KUALA LUMPUR, (C.M. Paul) —  “Signis Asia has made significant contribution to policy making and leadership in the Signis world during the last eight years,” said the Secretary General of the World Catholic Communications body Signis addressing members gathered at their annual Asian General assembly being held in Malaysia, 1-5 October.

The Secretary General Mr. Alvito D’Souza from Signis World HQ in Brussels explained further, “It is not the question leadership positions in the Signis, though the current world president Mr Augustine Lourthusamy who is serving the second term in office is from Malaysia, an Asian country.”

The Asia’s vibrancy has lead the way in ideas, new initiatives and curative practice.

“The process and methodology used in the initiatives undertaken in the Asian countries have thrown new light for Signis to go forward,” said Mr D’Souza citing a major movie production undertaken by Indonesia, a Signis Asia member country.

The film referred to and entitled “Soegija” is about the first Indonesian to be consecrated to the office of bishop during the World War II raging in the Pacific. The film directed by a reputed Indonesian film director Mr. Garin Nugroho was released on the Indonesian National Awakening Day last June.

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Asian Catholic Media professionals focus on modern day slavery

Signis Asia Assembly 2012 core group meeting

KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – Asian Catholic media professionals meeting in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia) 1- 5 October will study the plight of migrant workers, refugees, victims of human trafficking and children in the Asian context.

The study theme is: Engaging the Creativity of the New Generation, with the sub-theme “Visibility for the Vulnerable.”

Some 70 delegates are expected to participate from 19 member countries of SIGNIS Asia including reps from SIGNIS World office in Brussels. The 11-member Indian delegation (representing 13 regions) also includes a member of the Daughters of St Paul from northeast India.

“These modern day slaves face several critical problems and obstacles that severely restrict their capacity to be fully socially integrated persons,” said SIGNIS Asia president Mr. Lawrence John from Malaysia.

Explaining the urgency of the topic he said, “In most cases, their struggles require interventions by governments, civil society organizations and media.”

Stressing the need for providing visibility for their plight, film maker and SIGNIS India president Mr Sunil Lucas reiterated, “Visibility includes highlighting – to the general public and to specific authorities – their struggles and challenges, enabling their voice to be heard where it matters, conducting inclusive programs in which their involvement and participation is valued, and initiating and maintaining structures for their integral development.”

Malaysia is a hub for human trafficking, migrant workers and refugees of Asian countries. It is also the place to get a close look at what the secular media, NGOs, and Institutions are doing to make a difference.

“Our idea is to expose this situation to media practitioners, so that they can make a difference in their programming priority,” said SIGNIS Asia Secretary Miss Delia Hernandez from the Philippines.

The CEO of Racing Times and SIGNIS Malaysia President Mr Joe Fernando promised an exclusive screening of award-winning Indonesian feature film “Soegija” as one of the Assembly’s highlights.  The film, released three months ago, is directed by senior Indonesian director Garin Nugroho and tells the extraordinary story of Monsignor Soegijapranata, one of the architects of the United States of Indonesia in the 1940s.

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Media access better for Christians in Nepal than in neighbouring India

L to R: SIGNIS Nepal Chirendra with Signis Asia president Eljay on his first visit, 28 to 30 Jan 2011

KATHMANDU (C.S.)— Recent socio-political changes in Nepal indicate better media access for Christians in Nepal and is looking brighter than in neighbouring India.
”Nepalese are emerging out of illiteracy and are not `reading’ people – they are addicted to audiovisuals. After the democratic changes we are using local TV channels to broadcast Christian or value based programs. We have been producing Christian films but with problems of weak scripts or non-gripping storylines they have not been really popular nationwide as yet. I am thinking of TV serials where each episode would cost about 300 (US) dollars only to make,” says Pastor Loknath Manen, who likes to be called a writer. He started Christian newspapers and magazines and produced Christian hymns in audio CDs and also Christian films.
The Believers’ church Bishop Narayan Sharma adds, “After the recent political changes none of the two dozen TV stations or over 140 FM radio stations would refuse broadcast of any Christian programs if we produce them. I have been producing radio programs and broadcasting via short wave and FM since the last five years. Right now our “Atmik Yatra” (Spiritual Journey) programs are being broadcast via 52 FM stations daily and the government radio station weekly. We hope to go on the internet and reach Nepalese all over the world with our programs. We have produced some 30

Bp Narayan Sharma presenting CDs to Eljay

Nepali programs in a month. TV broadcasts are more expensive to do it daily– so we do it weekly.”
Showing dozens of audio CDs and DVDs in Nepalese language that his center produced, Bishop Narayan Sharma says, “I am busy preparing a movie on an ethnic Nepali literary figure of Darjeeling(India) – Pastor Gangaprasad Pradhan – who produced the first Nepali newspaper in Nepali language and translated the Bible in Nepali language in 1914. We have to complete this movie before India takes out a postal stamp to commemorate 160th anniversary of this literary genius in July 2011.”
South Asia’s first FM radio station run by Christians in central Kathmandu named “Good News FM” broadcasts Christian programs only 12 hours a day. The managing director of the FM Station, Mr. RC Timothy says a permanent building for the radio station was being completed nearby and there were plans to put relay antennas in West and East Nepal. Currently the lone antenna reaches over ten districts in and around Kathmandu valley.

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