Internews, an international media development organization set up 35 years, works to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives. It has worked with citizens and local media in more than 100 countries. Together with local partners, Internews has supported the development of thousands of media outlets worldwide, including radio and television stations, newspapers, mobile news networks, and online news sites.
In 2017 Internews began a new project in the Republic of Moldova called “Media Enabling Democracy, Inclusion and Accountability in Moldova” (MEDIA-M), funded by USAID and UK for a period of five years, with a two-year extension until 2023. This program aims to promote the development of an independent, professional media that gives citizens access to a variety of perspectives, and to create a media sector that is more resilient to political and financial pressures.
MEDIA-M works with independent media outlets in Moldova to help them increase the quality of their content across a variety of traditional and digital platforms in rural and urban areas, and to create a more informed citizenry that understands the value of fact-based, credible journalism. By focusing on the supply of and demand for objective information, MEDIA-M strengthen the ability of independent media to fulfill its role as a watchdog over the government and serve as a space for citizens to engage in public policy dialogue. In addition, MEDIA-M is focusing on the legal enabling environment to reinforce existing protections for freedom of speech, facilitate better implementation of laws, and advocate for media sector legal frameworks in accordance with international norms.
The major partners in this program are Freedom House and the Independent Journalism Center-Moldova.