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 counters pluralism, allowing owners a disproportionate influence in the shaping of public opinion. One of the greatest obstacles in the struggle against media concentration is the lack of ownership transparency. By raising public awareness and developing a factual information base, MOM’s objective is to increase transparency. It holds dominant political and economic actors accountable by providing the answer to the question: Who controls the media?
MOM is a global project. Using a standardized methodology, it has developed a mapping tool that generates a publicly available database with details on the owners of the biggest media outlets and companies, and their related interests. This information will be continually updated. The project also provides contextualization of each country as well as an analysis of its media market and its legal environment.
MOM 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. It has previously been undertaken in range of countries, amongst them Colombia, Cambodia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the Philippines. It is being implemented in Brazil together with Intervozes, an organization that works towards the implementation of the human right to communication. The initiative is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Brazil currently ranks 103th 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.