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Policy and Research Papers

Rebuilding Public Trust – An assessment of the media industry and profession in Sri Lanka

This publication is an assessment of the media environment in Sri Lanka using the Media Development Indicators (MDIs), an internationally accepted framework developed by UNESCO to assess the state of media in a country. MDIs identify strengths and weaknesses, and propose evidence-based recommendations on how to enhance media freedom and media pluralism.

The assessment, which was co-published by International Media Support, was led by the Secretariat for Media Reforms established as a virtual group consisting of five partners with meeting facilities provided by Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI). They carried out a consultative process that began in march 2015 engaging policy makers, media owners, media practitioners, advocacy groups as well as the media-consuming public.

The analysis presented in this report shows that structural and legal reforms in the media sector are long overdue. Some of these reforms must come from within the media profession and industry itself and stem from serious self-reflection. Other reforms require changes in laws, state policies and the overhauling of state-owned media institutions. Parallel to this, journalism and mass media education courses should be reviewed and updated to meet current industry needs and media consumption patterns. Low media literacy levels in society must also be addressed.

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Changing Media Landscapes in Transitional Countries – Handbook on Mapping Media Landscapes

The handbook Changing Media Landscapes in Transitional Countries – Handbook on Mapping Media Landscapes  is to provide a brief introduction to how a basic mapping of the media landscape in transitional countries can be established so that for civil society, politicians, media owners and journalists can make informed decisions. The handbook was produced with the support of International Media Support.

Media landscapes in countries undergoing transition often change radically and just as often there is no solid knowledge about these changes. This means that the different stakeholders in the media and civil society navigate in unknown territories governed by unsubstantiated claims and rumours. This handbook provides advice and recommendations on how to establish a media mapping capacity in countries that recently have experienced political change.

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An assessment of media development in Myanmar

This in-depth study of Myanmar’s media landscape provides recommendations for crucial next steps in the country’s media reform process

This joint report by International Media Support and UNESCO launched in June 2016 comes at a pivotal time in Myanmar with the National League for Democracy-led government taking up the challenges of continuing a democratic transition to which independent media and a legal framework that protects access to information is so important.

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A handbook on reporting terrorism – Kenya

This guidebook is a tool for Kenyan media professionals who are reporting on issues of terrorism and whilst doing so seek to counter violent extremism. 

The Media Council of Kenya and International Media Support worked together to address the challenges that journalists face when covering terrorism and violent extremism, and to strengthen the role of the media in preventing and countering violent extremism. One of the results of this cooperation is this guidebook. It is designed to help journalists to effectively cover stories without putting innocent civilians (or security forces) in harm’s way, without instilling fear in the community, or giving attention to publicity seeking terrorists.

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