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Since his reelection, President Rafael Correa has used a series of laws and decrees to constrain criticism and dissent. In June 2013, the National Assembly passed a restrictive communications law that designates the media as a public service subject to government regulation. Political cartoonist Xavier Bonilla was the first victim of this law following the publication of a cartoon that depicted the house raid of journalist Fernando Villavicencio. President Correa called Bonilla, among other things, “an assassin with ink.” Bonilla was forced to publish a correction, and El Universo paid a large fine. Join the Center for International Media Assistance and the Latin America and Caribbean program at the National Endowment for Democracy for a discussion on the restrictive nature of the communications law in Ecuador.
Fundamental freedoms of expression and information are eroding or under attack in Latin America. For decades, watchdog organizations like Freedom House and the Committee to Protect Journalists have consistently identified Cuba as one of the most repressive governments in the world and the most restrictive environment for media in the region. More recently, they have highlighted the deteriorating media environment across Latin America as governments in Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua have clamped down as well. In this context, what strategies can be used to reverse the trend and advance the free flow of information in Cuba and throughout the region?
Fragile states around the world demand international attention from both the diplomatic and development communities. They are states where governance tends to be weakest and development is most difficult to achieve. Media is often most vulnerable to cooption in these states - including by extreme forces. Leaders of fragile states, many of which are struggling to overcome conflict or deep-seated political divisions, argue that allowing dissent in the media just makes things worse. Intervening to support media in such environments is complex, liable to be seen as interfering in politics and has rarely been a diplomatic or development priority. But growing analysis suggests that it should be. BBC Media Action’s latest report, Fragile States: the role of media and communication, concludes that media increasingly matter in fragile states and that the transformation of media and communication environments poses not only challenges –but also opportunities – for policy makers concerned with conflict and post-conflict settings.Join the Center for International Media Assistance and BBC Media Action for a discussion about the challenges and opportunities for media development in fragile states using Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, and Somalia as case studies.
While news media in Western countries are struggling against poor economic conditions and technological disruption, China has elevated media into a major component of its international grand strategy. The country’s premier external outlet, CCTV, operates strategically around the world, producing sophisticated long-form reports on complex international issues on a daily basis. Yet censorship within China’s borders and pressure on news organizations outside of China impede independent reporting about China itself. How and why do these two models coexist? Watch CIMA's panel discussion focusing on this dichotomy and marking the launch of two reports: CCTV’s International Expansion: China’s Grand Strategy for Media and The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship: How the Communist Party’s Media Restrictions Affect News Outlets Around the World.
This report is the result of a roundtable discussion hosted by CIMA on October 6, 2011.
This report is the result of a roundtable discussion co-hosted by CIMA and Internews Network on September 1, 2011.
This report is the result of a CIMA workshop held on July 7, 2009.