How can access to independent media in a post-2015 framework be measured? - what comes after the MDGs?

Written by James  Deane, director of policy and learning at BBC Media Action on the BBC blog.

The World Press Freedom Day conference took place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris earlier this week. Its theme – media freedom and the post 2015 development framework –added important heft to efforts to get these issues into the final declaration that will be agreed by the UN next September. 

But one problem which the media support community can more immediately help with is measurement. 

The UN High Level panel report published last year suggested that a goal on honest and accountable government and effective institutions be established.  A component of it, the panel recommended, should be a target around ensuring “people enjoy freedom of speech, association, peaceful protest and access to independent media and information”. Another is to “guarantee the public’s right to information and access to government…

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