After three years of political transitions, media across the Middle East and North Africa are still left with the immense challenge of reforming past institutions, laws, and minds. But what does it take to build the solid foundations that professional, independent media sectors depend on?
In a series of three essays, three leading media experts reflect on some of the key challenges in making sure that media across the region are underpinned by the sound structures needed to support professional, independent journalism.
Download essays (English and Arabic)
- The responsibility of the media community, by Yavuz Baydar (English and Arabic)
- Press laws and media freedom: needed reforms, by Toby Mendel (English and Arabic)
- Joint action key to media reform: the case of Tunisia (English and Arabic)
The essays follow from a meeting convened by International Media Support (IMS) and the Morocco-based Forum des Alternatives Maroc in late 2013. Here a group of legal experts, human rights defenders, and academics met to take the next step in reforming the media sectors in several of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa.