Regions & Countries

Where do we work?

The ITP is currently operating in 21 countries in five regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin America
  • MENA

The following regions and countries are, or have been, part of our programmes
since the beginning of 2018 when it was first launched.

Africa

Kenya

Kenyan media has progressively moved towards the desired vision of free, professional and accountable public interest media. The ITP has heightened the debate of establishing an office of the ombudsman in media houses to enhance in-house self-regulation. A number of mainstream media have adopted this approach, which has improved public trust in the media. The programme has also supported the development of editorial guidelines for community and regional-based media outlets. These have enhanced editorial independence, improved professionalism and allowed for easier handling of complaints at media house level. Recently the focus has been on consolidating the gains of the self-regulatory mechanism by engaging the Media Council of Kenya to review complaints-handling procedures and ensure that complaint resolutions are based on ethical systems of journalism as opposed to statutes.

To read more about our latest work, see Kenya Country Sheet 2021 in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean Government’s movement towards media law reforms is a result of sustained pressure by media lobby groups, including ITP Media participants who – since the start of the programme – have been involved in serious engagements with senior government officials. The Government’s proposal will see the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and parts of the Public Order and Security Act being shelved in favour of three laws covering media freedom, protection of privacy, and the management of the sector under the Zimbabwe Media Commission – a statutory body assigned with oversight responsibilities for the accreditation of media houses and professional journalism and handling of media complaints. ITP participants have, to a large extent and within their different organisational capacities, been championing the course for media reform. The ITP has provided a new cooperation platform in a sector where members were long used to working alone and pursuing programmes on their own. Members in the ITP country teams have had an opportunity to pursue common interests in a manner that demonstrates their collective strength.

To read more about our latest work, see Zimbabwe Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Tanzania

The ITP media participants in Tanzania contributed to strengthened the network of professionals advocating for and supporting the development of media self-regulatory mechanisms. Discussions were held with media owners, editors and other stakeholders around media self-regulation and the role of a regulatory framework. Initiatives involved a dialogue with media training institutions and online media practitioners. The second ITP team took a leading role in crafting a document with ethical guidelines for online content producers and discussions where held with key stakeholders and the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) to incorporate the guidelines in the Council’s Codes of Ethics. The reviewed Media Council of Tanzania Codes was adopted September 2020 by its over 200 members.

To read more about our latest work, see Tanzania Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Uganda

The three ITP teams in Uganda have so far worked towards reforms and initiatives that will contribute to a professional and viable media sector that effectively plays its role in shaping a democratic society. By using the ITP as a platform, the participants have supported this through the following: (1) the creation of a professional association that brings together editors and content managers (the Uganda Editors’ Guild) to raise the standards of journalism through a peer-to-peer mechanism and (2) the formation of a multi-stakeholder forum (the Uganda Media Sector Working Group) that will advocate for transparent and democratic regulation as well as effective media development. The work of ITP participants in Uganda aims to make the media more professional and accountable in order to inspire public trust and play its role in promoting democracy more effectively.

To read more about our latest work, see Uganda Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Zambia

The ITP Media country teams in Zambia have worked on initiatives aimed at achieving a united and professional media fraternity that is committed to ethical journalism. The first team actively worked to establish a functional mechanism for media self-regulation by facilitating a series of workshops to increase knowledge and understanding of the different media self-regulation models and promoting discourse through which a suitable model was unanimously agreed. The second team worked with Zambian media organisations and associations to identify an umbrella organisation aimed at strengthening the media associations in support of a self-regulation mechanism. The third team is working on an initiative aimed at the establishment of a media development programme to be implemented by various stakeholders in order to improve the quality of media practice by supporting training of journalists, identifying sustainable management models and capacity building for media houses.

To read more about our latest work, see Zambia Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Asia

Cambodia

The main focus in Cambodia has been to raise awareness about media self-regulation among stakeholders and to enhance media information literacy among journalists in the country. This has been done through the participants’ engagement, network and change initiatives that have been developed through the ITP. The current ITP team is working with initiatives to increase women participation in the media sector. The focus is to raise awareness about gender policy and related regulations among media outlets. This will provide a more favorable environment for women to actively participate and increasingly join the journalism career.

To read more about our latest work, see Cambodia Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Bangladesh

In Bangladesh the focus has been to raise awareness about media self-regulation in the mist of stakeholders and to enhance Media Information Literacy among journalists in the country. This has been done through the participants engagement, network and change initiatives that has been developed through the ITP. Activities of the ITP team include opening a Facebook page to share the idea of the Media Self-Regulation among practicing professional journalists and conducting training sessions for journalists to inspire and raise awareness on questions regarding media self-regulation. Current initiatives focus on advocacy for enhanced media self-regulation and increased professionalism through systemic change within media regulatory frameworks.

To read more about our latest work, see Bangladesh Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Vietnam

The participants in Vietnam have been working on activities that focus on fake news and responsible journalism by producing a set of tools to clarify information. The current team is compiling a handbook on the Scandinavian media management model for journalism students to introduce the idea of what responsible journalism and self-regulatory media really means to the younger generations. The ITP has established the foundation for these initiatives and enabled tools to carry them forward.

To read more about our latest work, see Vietnam Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

The Philippines

Journalists and publications in the Philippines which have challenged the current government have faced increased attacks over the last year, ranging from insults to state-initiated court cases. Despite the intensification of authoritarian practices in the Philippines, there remains robust albeit fragmented democratic expressions in the form of standout local mayors, digital innovations, and electoral resilience. This training programme is now open for applications from the Philippines, aiming at contributing to the development of self-regulatory frameworks for the media sector and strengthening the institutional and organisational capacities among media sector stakeholders in the country.

Lao PDR

ITP participants have worked actively to increase critical awareness of media information literacy amongst social media consumers and publishers in Laos and also worked with government organisations, civil society organisations, students in secondary school and teachers at the University of Vientiane.

Myanmar

By using the ITP as a platform, the participants from Myanmar have been able to network and coordinate interactively in order to promote self-regulatory bodies and raise media literacy knowledge among the public. The aim is to create a well-informed society by improving press freedom through the contribution of a media structure that supports this.

Eastern Europe

Armenia

ITP participants’ aim in Armenia is to develop and implement a strategy to increase the segment of quality media. This is being achieved through the introduction of an institutionalised self-regulatory system as an alternative to the strict legislative mechanisms that place the media under strong governmental control. The goal is also to move away from the blatant interpretation of media as purely a product to be consumed in the market, including rejection of its public responsibility concept. This has been established as a change initiative from the start of the ITP in Armenia and will continue to develop through the ongoing programmes in the country.

To read more about our latest work, see Armenia Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Moldova

The long-term vision of the “change project” initiated by the Moldovan team is a better-informed society by means of quality and ethical journalism. In the current avalanche of fake news, disinformation, and inaccurate, misleading, and biased reporting, the promotion of quality journalism is more important than ever. The project activities were built around the Moldovan Press Council, an independent self-regulatory institution of the Moldovan media established in October 2009. The Press Council has a good reputation in Moldova, manages activities around the Journalist’s Code of Ethics (revised and updated in 2019), and increases the accountability of Moldovan media to its consumers by promoting the observance of professional standards and journalism ethics, etc.

To read more about our latest work, see Moldova Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Ukraine

The participants from Ukraine have focused on the idea of self-regulation and want to promote this in the country by raising awareness of the self-regulatory approach among the media community. They also wish to professionally advocate the idea to government representatives as well as other stakeholders and to communicate with future alumni to be able to widen the lobbying community of media self-regulation.

To read more about our latest work, see Ukraine Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Latin America

To learn more about Latin America and the ITP, visit the Spanish website created by the participants.

Honduras

The participants have organised national mobilisation against the Anti-Defamation Law (which will severely restrict freedom of expression) resulting in broad public support. Several forums and events have been organised to promote and enhance self-regulatory media. Through the ITP the community "medias" have started to develop their own ethical codes on self-regulation.

To read more about our latest work, see Honduras Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Bolivia 

Bolivia recently joined our programme and is quickly developing and working on its own change initiatives in order to enhance the role of media in their democratic structure.

To read more about our latest work, see Bolivia Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Guatemala 

The ITP participants have launched a campaign for an ethical code in Guatemala, including the production of logo/graphic design. The code has so far been shared with the participants’ own media organisations and received feedback and support from management level in order to develop a media structure. The participants have contributed to the establishment of a Freedom of Expression Defender within the Human Rights Office in Guatemala and continue to work towards media development.

To read more about our latest work, see Guatemala Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Colombia

The participants from Colombia have carried out a comprehensive study on how Colombian media outlets conceive and practice self-regulation. Based on the results, they have formulated a strategy to spread the benefits of self-regulation to different interest groups and a broad range of media outlets. Since joining the ITP, they have worked to produce a “toolbox” with recommendations, examples, interviews etc. that can contribute to the understanding and strengthening of self-regulatory mechanisms in Colombia.

To read more about our latest work, see Colombia Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

El Salvador

Since 2018, participants from El Salvador have managed to assemble focus groups among journalists to gather input regarding the problem of fake news and disinformation in El Salvador. The aim is to gain an overview of the existing initiatives and introduce the concept of self-regulation among journalists as well as the media’s role in this context.

To read more about our latest work, see El Salvador Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

MENA

The first ITP Media programme targeting the MENA region was launched towards the end of the year 2020.

Morocco

The Change Project in Morocco is currently in being designed.  However, early indications shows that it will focus on creating a coalition of like-minded media and NGOs, working on media-related issues to self-regulate how media can respect public life and image; especially, on gender issues and how it can protect certain violations of persons private life and information. The coalition of these 7 media houses will spread awareness on the reason behind these violations, and work on creating common solutions together with other media and NGOs to protect private life of people and develop a charter of good conduct to be spread out through their media channels.

To read more about our latest work, see Morocco Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Tunisia

Self-regulation in Tunisia is a much more known concept compared to other countries participating from the region. The Change Project in Tunisia is currently in the design stage, however, early indications suggest that it will focus on creating an agreement between the 8 media houses and NGOs involved in this project to develop a quality assurance process to monitor the quality of content, and respect of professional principles and code of ethics. The participants represent key self-regulation stakeholders in Tunisia including the Regulatory Authority (HAICA and press council), the Media Employers' Organisation, Journalist Training Centres, the Syndicate, and a number of NGOs. They have agreed to develop a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in order to introduce similar processes within their organisations.

To read more about our latest work, see Tunisia Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021

Lebanon

The change project is currently in the design stage.  However, early indications suggest that it will focus on creating a coalition of like-minded media houses and NGOs involved in this project. They will demystify the concept of media self-regulation through the development of short videos of the concept, to spread awareness on key media self-regulation and how it is liked to freedom of expression and freedom of speech.  The video graphics on what self-regulation is and what it is good for (“self- regulation for dummies”) will be shown and aired in meetings and TV programmes with key institutions including the judges' associations, and others. Each organisation, including the syndicate of media professionals, and LBC and the NGOs will each have a distinct activity supporting the project. All organisations will develop a formal agreement on each of the activities that each member of the coalition will undertake in this project, including how it will be part of the strategic plans for most of the participating organisations.

To read more about our latest work, see Lebanon Country Sheet in ITP Yearly Report 2021