Media freedom and support to independent media around the world

Independent, editorially robust and trusted media are at the core of effective democracies and inclusive, peaceful societies - for 20 years, BBC Media Action has been supporting media freedom and strengthening the ability of media in developing and transitional countries.

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In other programmes you might just hear a one-sided story... but Haba na Haba balances both parties' views.
— Female listener to radio programme Haba na Haba in Tanzania

For 20 years, BBC Media Action has been supporting media freedom and strengthening the ability of media in developing and transitional countries to produce free, independent journalism that meets public needs and provides space for constructive public debate. Since 2013, we’ve supported independent media to enable informed public debate around more than ten elections, reaching over 124 million people.

This brochure shows our impact and how we've supported media in four countries: IraqNepalTanzania and Zambia.