Application of UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators kicks off in Venezuela
The application of UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDIs) in Venezuela officially started on 2 February 2012, after the indicators were presented to a Consultative Group made up of representatives of the Venezuelan communication sector: private and community media, universities and academic institutions, government officials, freedom of expression NGOs, professional unions, civil society organizations and other concerned groups.
The Consultative Group, which met at the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) premises in Caracas, agreed to monitor and provide advice throughout the implementation of this project, led by Venezuelan NGO Medianálisis with the support of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). After Ecuador and Bolivia, Venezuela will be the third country in the region to implement this methodology. Other countries having applied the MDIs include Croatia, East Timor, Jordan, the Maldives and Mozambique, just to mention a few.
The group jointly studied the methodology for the application of the Indicators in Venezuela and made suggestions and recommendations to ensure that the MDIs are applied with rigour, reflecting the plurality of perspectives in the country and using trustworthy sources that properly mirror the state of development of the five areas considered: regulatory system, plurality and diversity of media, contributions to a democratic discourse, capacity-building and infrastructure. An additional period of fifteen days was provided to the Group to make further suggestions on the methodology as well as on its final composition.
This work will culminate in a report on Media Development in Venezuela that shall serve as a reference for the planning and implementation of private and public initiatives aiming at promoting a free, independent and pluralistic media environment in the country.