MFC publishes its 2023 Annual Report covering media freedom actions around the world

Panellists at the event “Media Freedom as a Catalyst of Open Government, Dialogue, and Accountability” at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Estonia, September 2023. Credit: Open Government Partnership

The MFC has published its 2023 annual report, covering a range of actions taken by MFC member states during 2023, both at central government and embassy level. 

Activities covered in the report range from events and coordinated funding to trial monitoring and speaking out in support of journalists at risk. The report also includes feedback from journalists themselves alongside key figures and lessons learned.  

Highlights include: 

  • 102 actions by MFC member embassies in 18 countries
  • Embassy actions included speaking out on 20 media freedom cases and organising or supporting 35 events
  • 20 cases acted on, publicly or privately, by MFC member states at central government level
  • International, regional and national media coverage generated
  • 19 MFC member states engaged by the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom on a bilateral basis to provide targeted legal and policy advice
  • Further implementation of the High Level Panel’s recommendations on issues such as safe refuge for journalists at risk and investigations into abuses against journalists
  • events or conference sessions hosted or co-hosted by the MFC
  • Over 5,000 journalists1,500 lawyers and 200 NGOs benefitting to date from the Global Media Defence Fund
  • Over 120 projects supported by the Global Media Defence Fund to date, through financial grants totalling USD $4.1 million
  • The development of Draft Principles on Support to Media and the Information Environment by the MFC’s Working Group on Media Development, which were submitted to the OECD for adoption by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee
The report also includes independent perspectives on the MFC’s work in 2023 provided by the Consultative Network and the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

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