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Monday, 11 December, 2006

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Media Sustainability Index (MSI) 2005
Middle East & North Africa (MENA) - Libya


"The Media Sustainability Index (MSI) is a product of IREX with funding from USAID and MEPI,
and the Iraq chapter was produced with the support and funding of UNESCO".


The first Media Sustainability Index for the Middle East and North Africa demonstrates several weaknesses—in particular, freepress protections in the law that are not upheld in practice, and pervasive self-censorship—that are common not only among the countries of the region but also in other parts of the world where media sectors are in transition.The first Media Sustainability Index for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) demonstrates several weaknesses—in particular, freepress protections in the law that are not upheld in practice, and pervasive self-censorship—that are common not only among the countries of the region but also in other parts of the world where media sectors are in transition. The assessment reveals another characteristic of MENA-region media systems, however, that is largely absent elsewhere: Money available for media business investment has allowed outlets to better professionalize and access new technologies, providing more sophisticated media products and a relatively higher degree of plurality of news sources, despite the other constraints.

The Media Sustainability Index (MSI), conducted by panels of media professionals in each of the 18 countries of the MENA region, showed profound underlying contradictions involving media law, journalism professionalism, and business management. These opposing trends are rooted partly in political cultures where many media professionals and some citizens look to global trends, new technologies, and the latest professional practices, while others lack much knowledge of what it means to live and work in a world of free speech and independent media and where governments only grudgingly begin to loosen their controls over information sources. At the same time, the development of satellite television and the increasing use of the Internet to disseminate news mean citizens in some of the most closed societies in the region increasingly are able to access information their governments may be seeking to limit. This struggle over control of the information space, as reflected in the progress of media sectors to be measured through successive applications of the MSI, will be a major factor determining how the countries of the region develop both politically and economically.


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http://www.libya-watanona.com/news/n2006/dec/n11dec6a.pdf
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