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UNESCO Bangkok Strengthens its Support for Free and Independent Media in Thailand

หนังสือ UNESCO's Media Development Indicators (MDI) ได้มีการแปลเป็นภาษาไทย เพื่อเป็นเครื่องมือในการส่งเสริม การพัฒนามาตรฐาน และแนวทางปฎิบัติ ด้านสื่อในประเทศไทย

UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDI) are now available in Thai, offering an effective tool to promote and implement international standards and good practices in Thailand’s media sector.

ตัวชี้วัดการพัฒนาสื่อ: กรอบสำหรับประเมินการพัฒนาสื่อ

The translation of the MDI framework into Thai comes at a pivotal time in the country, as a constitutional process is underway which will affect wide segments of Thai society, including the media sector. The MDI are a diagnostic tool that can be used to assess Thailand’s media sector and provide valuable inputs into the national reform debate.

In January 2016, UNESCO will hold a workshop in Bangkok to present the MDI framework to representatives of Thai media associations as well as those charged with drafting reforms related to the media sector. The aim will be to use the framework as a reference for discussion on how international standards and good practices can be incorporated into future media policies and practices.

UNESCO’s MDI suggest five major categories of indicators that can be used to analyse a country’s media development: a) Legal and regulatory framework; b) Plurality and diversity of media; c) Media as a platform for democratic discourse; d) Professional capacity building; and e) Infrastructural capacity. 

UNESCO’s MDI were endorsed in 2008 by the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (PIDC). They provide a comprehensive framework within which the media can best contribute to and benefit from good governance and democratic development by helping stakeholders assess the media landscape in a country and how it stands in relation to international standards. The results of the assessment can also help to measure the impact of media development programmes.

The list of countries that have benefited from their application is increasing, and in Asia and the Pacific region, studies have been launched or completed in Bhutan, the Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal and Timor-Leste.

The Thai translation of the MDI as well as the planned workshop are supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).


Link to the Media Development Indicators in Thai (ตัวชี้วัดการพัฒนาสื่อ: กรอบสำหรับประเมินการพัฒนาสื่อ) :