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 runs counter to pluralism, allowing proprietors a disproportionate influence in the shaping of public opinion. One of the greatest obstacle in the struggle against media concentration is the lack of ownership transparency. Through the raising of public awareness and the development of a factual information base, MOM’s objective is to increase transparency and questioning of the dominant political and economic actors, providing the answer to the question: Who controls the communications media?
It is a global project. Using standardized methodology, it has developed a mapping tool that generates a publicly available database detailing the proprietors of the biggest communications media in each country and their related interests. This information will be continually updated. The project also provides the particular context of each country and an analysis of its media market and its legal environment.
The MOM project 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 Colombia, Cambodia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and the Philippines. It is being implemented in Peru together with Ojo-Publico, a digital investigative journalism and new narratives media.
The initiative is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Peru currently ranks 84th on a list of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders 2016 World Press Freedom Index.
MOM supports media ownership transparency, supplying data, context and analysis.