The Media and Open Government: Partners or adversaries?
Earlier this year the Omidyar Network funded the formation of a Media Council, of which I was a member, to publish an independent report on the Open Government Partnership. As our chairman, Richard Sambrook, reports here, our report, published today, makes four key recommendations:
- The OGP should develop a joint statement which recognises the importance of free expression and free media in the context of open government and encourages OGP signatories to reconcile open government commitments with their policies towards free speech.
- The OGP should launch a major engagement initiative to educate the public – and media – on the aims and purpose of the partnership and open government. This should include a resource centre to support better understanding of open government including educational tools and developed case studies as examples.
- Civil Society organisations should seek to establish a regular index of “open governance” which establishes best practise, benchmarks, and can generate greater levels of reporting and debate.
- Media should be encouraged to seek partnerships with civil society organisations and others who can better inform their reporting of open government and support the development of appropriate expertise and skills within media organisations
The full report is available here