Media-M: Media Enabling Democracy, Inclusion and Accountability in Moldova

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Freedom House is a proud partner of Internews in implementing the multi-year Media Enabling Democracy, Inclusion and Accountability in Moldova (MEDIA-M) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Through collaboration with partner civil society organizations in the country, Freedom House aims to boost capacity in civil society to effectively monitor media and to improve the legal and regulatory environment for independent media. Freedom House’s activities address objective 2, which strives to building consumer understanding of independent, reliable, and high quality news, and objective 3, which intends to foster a regulatory environment in which independent media and media support organizations can thrive.

Check out the 2017 Freedom of the Press report here.

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Key initiatives

Media Policy Forum: Challenges, Perspectives, and the Road to Media Freedom in Moldova

Internews, Freedom House, and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation will host the first annual Media Policy Forum on March 13, 2018 in Chisinau, Moldova. This year’s topic focuses on connecting government, media, and civil society to identify policy avenues towards a more transparent and accountable media ecosystem in Moldova. Learn more about the event here.

Advocacy grants - "Media Freedom Matters"

Freedom House and partners provide small advocacy grants to local organizations to improve their ability to raise awareness about the legal and regulatory environment for media. Campaigns may include swift responses to proposed legislation threatening fundamental freedoms or longer-term advocacy initiatives to educate the public about freedom of expression and press freedom.

The first round of the “Media Freedom Matters” grants competition has closed. The next round is expected to open in fall 2018.

Media Forward

The “Media Forward” policy brief series aims to enable local analysts to research and write on critical issues affecting Moldova’s media sector. The first round of briefs address issues such as media literacy, fake news, information security, and media ownership in the country. See below for the latest publications in the first year of the project.

The competition for the first round of "Media Forward" policy brief authors has concluded. The next round is expected to open in fall 2018.

Media Forward Policy Briefs


Victoria Bucataru
By Victoria Bucataru

Bucataru’s brief examines how external actors have created parallel realities and employed deceiving narratives in an effort to manipulate, control, and disrupt the existing order in Moldova.

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Mihai Mogildea
By Mihai Mogildea

Mogildea’s brief explains how politically affiliated media outlets helped their owners distort campaign coverage and influence the 2016 presidential elections in Moldova.

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