15.03.2013 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

UNESCO and IMS finalized the Comprehensive Media Assessment

Among its several initiatives to establish a free, independent, and professional media sector in Iraq, UNESCO in partnership with the IMS finalized a comprehensive assessment of the media landscape in Iraq, mapping the context of the media in the country, the main players and the developments in the media sector.

The overall objective of the process was to conduct a comprehensive media assessment based on qualitative and quantitative research, using UNESCO's Media Development Indicators (MDI), which will increase international and local understanding of the media environment for the ultimate benefit of stakeholders on the ground.

This comprehensive research - to be published in the second quarter of 2013; also provided a base for the current MDIs to be reviewed and consolidated to make the exercise manageable and relevant to the Iraqi context. They were also expanded to incorporate indicators for the internet and digital media, as well as indicators of financial viability.

The MDI are internationally renowned indicators developed by UNESCO, with a widespread recognition among UN agencies, development partners, intergovernmental bodies, media professionals and civil society groups.

The number of countries concerned by their application is steadily increasing, with studies having been launched or completed in Bhutan, Brazil, Croatia, Ecuador, the Maldives, Mauritania, Mozambique and Nepal. The United Nations is using the MDIs as a basis for the elaboration of a common approach in the fields of communication development and good governance.

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