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Mapping Digital Media: Nicaragua

March 1, 2014

The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs.The development of digital media in Nicaragua is progressing alongside a return to repressive media policies and a clamping down on independent journalism by both the state and big business. This has reversed many of the gains for pluralism and free speech achieved during the political transition to a more democratic system in the 1990s.Against this backdrop, it is imperative that lawmakers take the initiative to end politicization in licensing, discretionary use of official advertising funds, and selective adherence to ownership and license restrictions. A new communications framework should also provide a clear and effective plan for digital switchover, new guarantees for regulatory independence, and measures to ensure affordability and access to digital services. 

Mapping Digital Media: Nicaragua: Spanish

March 1, 2014

The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs.The development of digital media in Nicaragua is progressing alongside a return to repressive media policies and a clamping down on independent journalism by both the state and big business. This has reversed many of the gains for pluralism and free speech achieved during the political transition to a more democratic system in the 1990s.Against this backdrop, it is imperative that lawmakers take the initiative to end politicization in licensing, discretionary use of official advertising funds, and selective adherence to ownership and license restrictions. A new communications framework should also provide a clear and effective plan for digital switchover, new guarantees for regulatory independence, and measures to ensure affordability and access to digital services

Coverage of Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean

May 19, 2011

Highlights discussions from an October 2010 forum about the need for a new approach, tactics, and strategies for covering organized crime and drug trafficking, including cross-border, regional, and global collaboration on in-depth analyses of the issues.

Journalism, News, and Information

Media, Information System and Communities: Lessons From HAITI

January 10, 2011

Examines the media and communications response to the earthquake, including humanitarian groups' attitudes toward new platforms, innovative digital media use, and the effectiveness of radio. Makes recommendations for media, humanitarians, and donors.

Journalism, News, and Information

The Impact of Digital Technology on Journalism and Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

September 10, 2009

Summarizes discussions from a September 2009 conference on how digital technology affects journalism and democracy, including its role in social mobilization, sustainable models of online investigative reporting, and case studies of new and citizen media.

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