Toward Free and Independent Media in Latin America

Delegates from around the region will meet in Bogota, Colombia to discuss challenges facing media systems in Latin America and opportunities for reform. (Photo: Matthew Rutledge/Flickr)

CIMA is cosponsoring an international conference on the challenges to independent media in Latin America, to take place this week in Bogota, Colombia, under the auspices of the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and UNESCO. Other sponsoring organizations include the National Television Authority of Colombia and Deutsche Welle Akademie. CIMA has been focused on the topic of building political support for media and for much of this year has been discussing this theme with thought leaders in Washington and Germany. The meeting in Bogota will serve as an opportunity to discuss what the international community can do to better assist media development in the region.

The conference, “Medios libres e Independientes en sistemas mediáticos plurales y diversos,” will aim to foster dialogue between civil society, government actors, the media, and academic experts about how these groups can work together to overcome the difficulties that countries in the region have faced in building free and independent media systems. Discussion will focus on standards of freedom of expression and regulation of broadcast medial; investigative reporting and accountability; indicators for sustainability  of the media; the impact of the digital age on the media and journalism; regulatory standards and best practices to prevent and reduce media concentration; and the role of international cooperation in the development of independent media.

Other organizations supporting the  conference (November 18-19) are OBSERVACOM,  the Foundation for a New Iberoamerican Journalism, the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the Global Forum for Media Development, French South-South Cooperation, and the Government of Sweden.

Follow the conversation on twitter @cima_media

For additional background reading, please see CIMA’s campaign page on the Politics of Media Development.

Please follow the Conference through the livestream links Below!

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September 19th: Watch Here Live!

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