La Paz, January, 27th, 2016 (UNESCO). The new publication "Analysis of Media Development in Bolivia, based on the application of the UNESCO Media Development Indicators (MDIs)", has been launched this week in Bolivia.

Bolivia is the second country in Latin America and the Caribbean to implement the UNESCO Media Development Indicators (MDIs). UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) developed the MDIs in order to provide a comprehensive methodology for assessing the specific circumstances of a country's media environment for the exercise of freedom of the press with guarantees of plurality and non-intervention. The purpose of the indicators are to guide the formulation of public policies and to channel the efforts of the public and private actors that coexist in that media environment.

In the words of Saadia Sánchez Vegas, Director of the UNESCO Office in Quito and UNESCO Representative in Bolivia: " this exercise does not only offer a complete overview of the country's news and media landscape, in the framework of International standards on freedom of expression, but also adds true value to research, updating knowledge about the background, progress and current status of media development in Bolivia."

The publication is a summary of more than one hundred pages on the application of MDIs in Bolivia between June 2011 and June 2012. The process included an extensive and meticulous documentary review and the analysis of 90 interviews. Representatives of 22 civil society organizations, academia and the government joined the Consultative Group that contributed suggestions to the initial methodological design. The result was a comprehensive diagnosis on the Bolivian media as a platform for democratic discourse, with a legal framework in the country related to Communication and Journalism, and which allows for citizens (and journalists in particular) to exercise their right to freedom of expression and opinion.

According to the publication’s authors, "it is expected that this summary, which reports on the state of the Media Development Indicators in Bolivia will be assumed by decision makers, media organizations, academics related to this very important field and by the public in general. The aim is to contribute to strengthening the country's media system in favor of promoting democracy, with full respect for the right to information and communication, and based on the exercise of an informed intercultural public, however, there are goals that still need to be achieved".

The publication is available in Spanish here.