GFMD World Conference - December 7-10, Athens, Greece
The second Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) World Conference took place in Athens, Greece from December 7-10, 2008. The first GFMD World Conference, held three years ago in Amman, Jordan attracted more than 500 media development NGOs from 97 countries. Since then, a steering committee has operated on behalf of its members and a permanent secretariat has been established in Brussels.
"independent media need support in many regions if they are to serve the goals of civic participation and government accountability...."
"The watchdog role requires that news media provide a check on powerful sectors of society,..."
"only free and independent media can ensure that citizens get the kind of information they need: broad, deep, detailed, and uncensored..."
"The Salzburg Initiative shines a needed spotlight on the difference that news and information make in people's lives..."
"the media can be as important as elections in enabling fragile democracies to become truly democratic..."
"if one "joint research and development arm" for the whole media assistance sector were to be established - it would look exactly like this initiative of the Salzburg Global Seminar."