Citizen access to information through a resilient media ecosystem is critical to a well functioning democratic system
In the context of supporting democracy, the concept of media impacts the decisions and activities of governments. Media are the lifeblood of democracy and the means through which citizens and their elected representatives communicate in their reciprocal efforts to inform and influence. Moreover, media for democracy help to compensate where there is a weak, and often non-independent, judiciary and shine a light on corruption. Media provide vital news and information that is in the public interest and play a central role in a vibrant, resilient democracy.
Media programming can include support to the enabling environment for free and independent media, newsroom professionalization, business, sustainability, and market-based capacity, citizen media and information literacy, and journalistic training including safety and security practices.