ZERO-RATING THE NEWS: HOW WILL SPONSORED DATA INITIATIVES IMPACT ACCESS TO NEWS?

How will sponsored data plans, also known as zero-rating, affect the news people read? This is one of the main questions that will be be discussed at WAN-IFRA's Global Media Policy Forum in Cartagena in June. CIMA Associate Editor Daniel O'Maley will be there to offer his perspective on the global debate.

Ukraine's Media: In some ways, better than you think

Internews's Gillian McCormack on how she was pleasantly surprised by how Ukraine's public service broadcaster handled a ‪Panama Papers‬ story that implicated the country's president.

Divides and Nastiness Aside: The (few) Advantages of Lebanon's Media Sector

CIMA's new Assistant Research and Outreach Officer Madeleine Stokes reflects on the Lebanese media environment based on her time living in Beirut. She argues that a more engaging and inclusive media ecosystem is necessary to address the country's long term challenges.

RUSSIA’S INTERNET CRACKDOWN

As part of Russia’s authoritarian turn following Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in May 2012, the Kremlin has launched an unprecedented crackdown on the Russian Internet.

PROMOTING ACCESS TO ICTS IN AFRICA: ENHANCING POLICY REFORMS AND STRENGTHENING MOVEMENT-BUILDING

Information communication technologies (ICTs) present many opportunities for building participatory and inclusive societies. They enable activists to create social platforms through which to mobilize, build campaigns, raise awareness, promote transparency, hold governments accountable, and facilitate decision-making.

A BOLD INVESTMENT FUND TO CREATE INDEPENDENT MEDIA MARKETS AND FREE INFORMATION IN EASTERN EUROPE

The United States and likeminded countries that advocate liberal democracy have a historic opportunity to establish a robust, long-term media investment fund to stimulate new markets, create new ownership, especially of emerging and new media, and promote innovative technologies.

Media as a Form of Aid in Humanitarian Crises

As the humanitarian crises following the Arab spring enter their sixth year, the media coverage of war, displacement, and migration in the Middle East and North Africa tragically have become all too familiar. For mainstream media, the millions of people whose lives have been upended are mostly data points, illustrations of the misery and upheaval that have swept across Syria, Yemen, Gaza, Iraq, and many places between. Yet for those who are caught in the crises, and plagued not only by insecurity and uncertainty but a lack of information, relatively little is available to help them make informed decisions for their own survival.

What is Media Development?

The term “media development” refers to evolution and change in the fields of news media and communications. This evolution can be stimulated by donor support, private investment, or indigenous processes of change led by media owners, managers, journalists, or other players such as media industry associations, or other collective efforts.

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Press Freedom Scores

Montenegro

In Montenegro, business leaders and government pressure independent media. The government tends to play favorites towards certain public media outlets. In addition, right to access is not always respected, especially with regards to government corruption incidents. Check out what the major media freedom indices have to say. (All scores are adjusted to a 0-100 scale).

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