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The Source

The Source, our blog, is CIMA's latest outreach tool for all things media development. We'll post about CIMA's activities, reports and events, and external research. Our aim is to advance the knowledge base on all things media, as we aim to improve research, identify effective methods, and share information to develop a free and independent media in societies around the world. 

Event Highlights

Two Faces of Chinese Media: International Expansion, Internal Censorship

Two reports were launched at CIMA's event on October 22, 2013: 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. 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. 

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Country Profiles

CIMA has compiled data on the media in developing countries around the world. This data is drawn primarily from IREX's Media Sustainability Index, Freedom House's Freedom of the Press index, and Reporters Without Borders's Press Freedom Index. While these indexes measure different aspects of press freedom, by including each of them, we hope to provide a more complete picture of the media in each country. Also included in these summaries is data from the Committee to Protect Journalists as well as news updates from IFEX.

Africa  |  Asia  Europe & Eurasia
Latin America & the Caribbean
Middle East & North Africa

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