What is “MOM”?
The Media Ownership Monitor addresses the question: Who runs the media in your country?
Media pluralism is a key characteristic of a democratic society, because a free, independent and diverse media reflects the range of opinions present in that society. Media market concentration runs counter to pluralism, allowing proprietors a disproportionate influence in the shaping of public opinion. One of the greatest obstacle in the struggle against media concentration is the lack of ownership transparency. Through the raising of public awareness and the development of a factual information base, MOM’s objective is to increase transparency and questioning of the dominant political and economic actors, providing the answer to the question: Who controls the communications media?
It is a global project. Using standardized methodology, it has developed a mapping tool that generates a publicly available database detailing the proprietors of the biggest communications media in each country and their related interests. This information will be continually updated. The project also provides the particular context of each country and an analysis of its media market and its legal environment.
The MOM project was commissioned and implemented by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the international human rights NGO whose objective is to defend human rights and in particular, freedom of the press and the right to inform and to be informed anywhere in the world. Country studies were so far published in Colombia, Cambodia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Peru, the Philippines and Mongolia, Ghana, Serbia, Brazil, Morocco and Albania.
It is being implemented in Mexico together with the National Center for Social Communication (Cencos), a nonprofit organization which has been working to strengthen, promote and disseminate human rights, the right to freedom of expression and access to information, as well as the rules and legal frameworks necessary for its exercise. It also seeks to strengthen strategic communication capabilities of groups and people in vulnerable situations and facilitate their access to the media and communication tools.
The initiative is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Mexico currently ranks 147 on a list of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders 2017 World Press Freedom Index.
MOM supports media ownership transparency, supplying data, context and analysis.