The Sorry, Sorry State of State Media: Four Fifths of the World’s State Media Lack Editorial Independence

In a study released today, CMDS Director Marius Dragomir introduces a new tool to assess the editorial independence of the world’s state media and finds that nearly 80% of 546 state-administered media companies in 151 countries lack editorial independence.

Sandra Ristovska on Video Activism

As video becomes an important tool to expose injustice, CMDS Fellow Sandra Ristovska examines how human rights organizations are seeking to professionalize video activism through video production, verification standards, and training.

Fact-Checking Covid-19 Misinformation: Win Some, Lose Some

In their article, Robert Nemeth and Marius Dragomir feature three fact-checking initiatives, Journalistes Solidaires in France, Nepal Fact-Check and Panos Institute Southern Africa in Zambia that aimed to tackle the “infodemic.”

Ownership rules ok? The need for a tougher UK media plurality regime

August 19, 2021

In his article for the Media @LSE blog on the UK’s media plurality regime, Justin Schlosberg calls for regular plurality reviews which address the role of algorithms in meeting plurality goals.

Phil Howard on Turkish TRT Channel Becoming a Broadcaster for Erdoğan’s Party

The Istanbul-based English-language broadcaster TRT World has shifted its style from being Turkey’s public diplomacy tool into becoming Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP party’s voice to the world, CMDS Fellow Phil Howard and co-author Mona Elswah argue in a paper published in the journal Journalism.