ISLAMABAD: Unesco Pakistan and its research partner Media Matters for Democracy (MMD) launched a report on Pakistan’s National Assessment of Media Development Indicators (MDI) and Media Sustainability Indicators (MVI).
The research aims to strengthen media development, freedom and sustainability in Pakistan by developing policy and practical recommendations for different stakeholders based on the results of an in-depth assessment of the media landscape against a set of indicators. .
The MDI and MVI are an analytical tool developed by Unesco to help assess the state of the media, measure the impact of media development and enable an environment for independent journalism.
They include over 50 key indicators and 190 sub-indicators, including research on various aspects such as media regulation, pluralism, infrastructure capacity, among other indicators. The Unesco MDI framework has been applied to several countries, including Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, Maldives, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Serbia, Jordan, Tunisia and Venezuela, with assessments in other countries already underway.
The start of the research process was marked by the first meeting of the multi-stakeholder advisory board, a diverse group comprising representatives from academia, the legal fraternity and civil society.