Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 06/2009

Empowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster Free and Independent News Around the World

Marguerite H. Sullivan, executive editor

December 2008

National Endowment for Democracy


CIMA's 2008 Inaugural Report provides an in-depth assessment of U.S. international media development efforts, both public and private, and calls on future efforts to be more long-term, comprehensive, and need-driven. The U.S., through government and private sector initiatives, spends at least $142 million annually on media development efforts in countries around the world.