06.10.2010 -

UNESCO presents method to assess Nepal's media landscape

Media professionals in Nepal welcomed the planned assessment of the country's media landscape, when they met last September in Kathmandu. The assessment would use UNESCO's Media Development Indicators (MDI), a system designed to identify the key characteristics of a media environment in which freedom of expression, independence and pluralism of the media can flourish and, in return, the media can contribute to the democratisation process.

Participants recommended that the MDI process be used in an innovative partnership approach involving national, regional and international collaboration. This inclusive approach will ensure that the varied aspects of media development are represented and that the best expertise available is brought into the development of the media in Nepal.

Director of UNESCO's Communication Development Division, Wijayananda Jayaweera, spoke during the presentation about the principles and process of MDI: "The Media Development Indicators are an analytic tool designed to help stakeholders assess the state of the media and measure the impact of media development programmes. They are in line with the priority areas of UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), namely promotion of freedom of expression and media pluralism; development of community media; and human resource development."

The Head of UNESCO's Office in Kathmandu, Axel Plathe, added: "UNESCO is ready to assist the media professionals in the country to assess media development in a systematic way, using the Media Development Indicators."

To download UNESCO's Media Development Indicators, which are currently available in Arabic, English, French, Nepali, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese, please click here.

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