Windows of Opportunity: Media Reform During Political Openings

Windows of Opportunity: Media Reform During Political Openings

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Lisa Peterson,
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor,
U.S. Department of State

and a conversation with

Antonina Cherevko, Media lawyer and international development expert
Saloua Ghazouani Oueslati, Regional Director, Tunisia & MENA, Article 19
Tarik Jusić, Lecturer, School of Communication and Media,
University of New York in Prague, Czechia
John Knaus, Senior Director for Asia, National Endowment Democracy
Heather Gilberds, Deputy Director, CIMA (Moderator)

with closing remarks from

Silvio Waisbord 
Director and Professor, School of Media and Public Affairs,
George Washington University

Rosarie Tucci
Director, Center for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance,

Despite a global resurgence of authoritarianism, movements for democracy are constantly emerging. Occasionally, a movement takes hold, ushering in a new window of opportunity for democratic progress. Reforming the media sector is central to ensuring the success of a democratization effort. Media development advocates have learned important lessons about what works and doesn’t work during these unprecedented, and often fleeting, moments of opportunity.

On Wednesday, December 7th, CIMA will host a public event highlighting findings from its latest report, Media Reform amid Political Upheaval, and five case studies of political openings: Burma, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tunisia and Ukraine.

By looking at current and historical democratization movements, the speakers will discuss how independent media advocates can advance a progressive reform vision during democratic transitions and how the international community can best support them.

You may view a recording of the event here.