This dynamic new website aimed at supporting media reforms in the Southern Mediterranean Region was launched today.

The MedMedia Portal, developed as part of the EU-funded MedMedia project, aims to become a “one-stop shop” for information and resources relating to media law, regulation, union activity and public service broadcasting in the region.

Published in Arabic, English and French, the website includes a digital library which features a wealth of research material relating to the media landscapes of Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.

Activities organised in the framework of the MedMedia regional project will be announced and highlighted in an events section, whilst integrated social media platforms will enable users to discuss key issues addressed during these events.

The MedMedia project works to forge links between the institutions and individuals tasked with enacting media reforms in the participating countries as well as strengthening the partnerships which have been formed around existing initiatives. The Portal maps this network and introduces MedMedia’s key stakeholder groups.

In addition to taking part in networking events, these stakeholders will be invited to engage in a peer-to-peer programme aimed at pairing institutions on both shores of the Mediterranean and facilitating an exchange of experience. The programme’s results will also be showcased on the MedMedia Portal as the project unfolds.

Background notes

The EU-funded MedMedia project aims to create an enabling environment for media reforms in the Southern Mediterranean Region. It is part of the €17-million EU programme entitled “Media and Culture for Development in the Southern Mediterranean”.

MedMedia will focus on media legislation, regulation, programming, strategy and leadership with a view to helping state media fulfil their public service mandate and compete with the commercial sector. It will also work to build public trust by strengthening the media’s role as an independent watchdog and a forum for democratic debate.

The project is being implemented by a consortium led by BBC Media Action and comprising the International Federation of Journalists, the Federation of Arab Journalists, IREX Europe, the Blanquerna School of Communication and the Jordan Media Institute.

The € 5 Million project is funded under the revised European Neighbourhood Policy. Launched in January 2014, it will run for a period of four years.

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