Most indices of media are produced for advocacy purposes by international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to promote freedom of speech and to defend and protect journalists. Such indices include the Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders, as well as journalists killed statistics by the Committee to Protect Journalists. These indices rank and compare countries.
In contrast, at country level few initiatives measure media. While global initiatives are useful advocacy tools, there is good reason to believe that nationally owned indices may prove more effective in leading to policy change.
These web pages aim to provide examples of ways to measure media at country level, providing tools and examples while underscoring critical challenges.