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GFMD Promotes Free, Independent and Pluralistic Media

GFMD At OECD Conference: Only Limited Support To Media  Development

GFMD Steering Committee member James Deane attended a major conference on development aid organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Busan, South Korea on November 29-December 1, 2011. Together with its members the GFMD had been arguing for the inclusion of free and pluralistic media as an important factor in human and economic development in the final statement adopted at Busan. 
 
Earlier in the year, the GFMD was involved in the organisation of a special event at the OECD focusing on the role media play in promoting good governance and allowing citizens to hold their governments to account. There is a lot of support among policy makers and donors for this argument. But in Busan, the focus was on adopting a short document that all participating governments could agree on. It was decided to mention “non-state actors and civil society” and the important role they play in promoting aid effectiveness without mentioning any specific sector, such as the media.
“We are disappointed that no specific reference was made to media”, said GFMD Director Bettina Peters. “This is particularly puzzling given the role new and social media played in the Arab spring and the fact the current information revolution is shifting power to the citizens. We would have hoped that this would be recognised in the Busan declaration but we understand that the drafting committee opted for a short document that did not mention any specific sectors.”
GFMD Steering Committee member James Deane has written a detailed blog about the conference, which can be found at:

http://bbcworldservicetrust.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/the-costs-and-benefits-of-consensus-the-future-of-aid-hangs-in-the-balance/.
 
In the coming months the GFMD will contact OECD Member States to press for recognition of media as one of the key non-state actors that make a difference to human and economic development.


 


 

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