Enabling environment for the media

Introduction

For independent news media organisations, journalists and journalism at large to function properly and survive economically, a number of conditions need to be met. These conditions can be grouped into three dimensions of the enabling environment for media and journalists. For many years these dimensions, in the analysis of Freedom House, consisted of the nationally-focused political, economic and legal enabling environment. But, increasingly, online communication platforms and technologies and innovations across borders as well as the online behaviour of audiences are impacting on the enabling environment for the media and the motivation and ability of states to regulate online.

This resource guide consists of three main sections. The first describes the three main pillars of the enabling environment for news media and journalists, with an emphasis on media viability and small and medium-sized media outlets. It will explore key concepts and issues of media law and regulation; main issues in the political environment that create or diminish space for media freedom and freedom of speech; and economic threats to and opportunities for media viability. A main theme throughout this section is how the enabling environment for the media has been dominated by tech giants, their influence on the platform economy and internet governance, and the struggle that existing regulatory and intellectual frameworks have to keep pace with this development.

The second section will look at the main multilateral and intergovernmental organisations as well as multi-stakeholder networks and platforms that serve as normative spaces and places for the enabling environment of the media. The third section will give an overview of advocacy strategies, toolkits and resources.

The resource guide does not attempt to include all possible considerations and developments within these sections. Instead, tries to strike a balance between general descriptions of the different phenomena and the responses of Free Press Unlimited and our partner network in our media development and advocacy work. It will make linkages to our combined track record and relevant evidence and literature that is being collected and expanded on a rolling basis in the evidence base.


Introduction to the enabling environment

Picture by ATMTX. Curves and Pillars, Russell Senate Office Building – Washington DC


Laws and regulations

Picture: Magna Carta

Analysis and comparison

Picture by Ramyar Jabar


Advocacy

Picture by Romy van den Boogaart

Evidence base: Enabling environment for the media

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Source Year Country Organisation Author
Building Regional Strategies for Media Development in the Middle East and North Africa 2020 MENA Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) el-Issawi, F. and Benequista, N.
Media Pluralism Monitor 2020: Hungary country report 2020 Hungary Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, European University Insitute
Good Practices Compendium on Combating Corruption in the Response to COVID-19 2020 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) UNODC
Targeted, Cut Off, and Left in the Dark: The #KeepItOn Report on Internet Shutdowns in 2019 2019 Global Access Now
The Fight Against Impunity 2019 Global Free Press Unlimited Nijhof, S. and Pavicic, M.
Hungary: Conclusions of the Joint International Press Freedom Mission 2019 Hungary Article19 International Press Institute (IPI), Article 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPFM), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Free Press Unlimited (FPU), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO).
Road to 2030: Access to Information in the Driver’s Seat 2019 Canada, Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ukraine Deutsche Welle Akademie, Free Press Unlimited, and the Global Forum for Media Development Deutsche Welle Akademie, Free Press Unlimited, and the Global Forum for Media Development
Media Capture in Europe 2019 Global Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) Dragomir, M.
State of Media and Digital Freedoms report in Pakistan, 2018 2019 Pakistan Media Matters for Democracy
Developing Independent Media Associations in Ethiopia 2019 Ethiopia Mersa Media Institute
Tackling Gender Inequality Through Access to Information 2019 Global ARTICLE 19
Digital Media Startup Companies in the Arab World 2019 Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco Maharat Foundation Maharat Foundation