As January came to a close, Romania’s government met late at night on the last day of the month to approve an emergency ordinance that decriminalized cases of official misconduct, or simply put: corruption. In the weeks leading up to this, a few members of the Romanian independent media heard whispers from government sources about the possible law change and tried to inform the public as the government kept quiet before its meeting. Out in front of this story was Dan Tapalaga, an investigative journalist and site editor of one of the most popular online news outlets in Romania, “HotNews,” who warned his fellow citizens weeks in advance of what was to come.


The pressure on independent media comes from many angles. For example, for the past two years Thailand has been ruled by a military dictatorship. This has put an immeasurable burden on our organization as the government has increased censorship and is slowly suffocating independent outlets like Prachatai. This pressure makes it even harder to maintain ourselves financially.

Media Feast, News Famine: Ten Global Advertising Trends that Threaten Independent Journalism

Even as citizens feast on an growing buffet of digital media choices, there is an increasing famine of credible, thorough, and independent nationally-focused news reporting. The former masks the latter as people worldwide now have access to an unlimited amount of entertainment through a wide variety of channels and as governments exert more comprehensive and nuanced control over media.

Lugar, Schiff Remember Mark Helmke as CIMA Announces Partnership with Indiana University

On Dec. 1, Indiana University joined CIMA and the National Endowment for Democracy in announcing the Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Scholarship.

A Lesson from Latin America: Media Reform Needs People Power

Policy reform in favor of more plural and independent media is possible when global networks collaborate with national activists.

Media Development and Countering Violent Extremism: An Uneasy Relationship, a Need for Dialogue

This report looks at how media development practitioners are reacting to the rise of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) agenda, and its growing influence on their field. This influence is the cause of concern, not only because practitioners of CVE and media development have fundamentally different worldviews, but because the CVE agenda is seen to pose serious risks for southern media houses and the organizations that support them. Still, these risks are unlikely to be addressed without coordinated efforts from both sides. However uneasy the relationship, a dialogue between CVE and media development is needed.

State of Emergency in Ethiopia curtails Media Freedom and Threatens Long-term Stability

A year after the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), together with its allies, claimed a 100 percent of the seats in the May 2015 parliamentary elections, the country declared a state of emergency for the first time in 25 years. The government that President Obama called “democratically elected” during his visit just last year took a measure that will suspend citizen’s political and democratic rights and give extra power to security forces. This by no standards reflects a democratically elected government, but rather a military state.

What is Media Development?

The term “media development” refers to evolution and change in the fields of news media and communications. This evolution can be stimulated by donor support, private investment, or indigenous processes of change led by media owners, managers, journalists, or other players such as media industry associations, or other collective efforts.


Press Freedom Scores


In Montenegro, business leaders and government pressure independent media. The government tends to play favorites towards certain public media outlets. In addition, right to access is not always respected, especially with regards to government corruption incidents. Check out what the major media freedom indices have to say. (All scores are adjusted to a 0-100 scale).

  • IREX
  • FH
  • RSF