This cooperation will help to create the dynamics needed to bring national reform processes to fruition.
The networking strategy will work on four levels:
- National conferences will encourage representatives from all four stakeholder groups to agree on specific priorities and imperatives for effective media reform in the target country. These meetings will help to establish a National Partnership for Media Reform which will drive related processes and ensure local ownership. They will also canvas the views of civil society groups, professional associations and human rights’ commissions.
- Regional conferences will bring together journalists’ representatives, key media players and policy-makers to examine processes for media reform and give new impetus to press freedom campaigns. In addition, delegates will be encouraged to continue a discussion of regional challenges with counterparts beyond the confines of organised events. These discussions will be channelled through the MedMedia Portal and social media pages.
- The project will help generate political support for the establishment of an Office for a Rapporteur for Press Freedom for the MENA Region. This initiative will sharpen the discussion around the scope of press freedom in the Southern Mediterranean countries as well as providing an important mechanism for institutionalising and protecting the sustainability of media reform.
- A Media Advisory Group, formed at UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day in May 2014, will bring together representatives of the key networks representing the Arab media: IFJ, FAJ, ASBU, EBU, COPEAM, UNESCO and RIRM. This group will work to coordinate efforts across the region as well as highlighting opportunities and challenges for the project’s main stakeholders.