The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Global Media Programme

Promoting free and independent media worldwide

A free and independent media are key to any democratic system. But in many countries across the world, the freedom of the media is at stake. Governments continue restricting media freedom by censoring news outlets, declaring legal protection frameworks invalid and exercising pressure on journalists. A growing economic concentration in the media sector restricts pluralism, and dependency on a few advertising clients causes unreasonable concessions. For many journalists, self-censorship has become part of their work. Wherever civil liberties are not respected, media freedom does not exist and a democratic system can neither develop nor survive.

For this reason, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been promoting a free and independent media as an integral part of its work for more than 40 years. What started with single projects during the 1970s in Latin America has developed into a comprehensive programme that spans across four continents where experts implement an impressive range of activities.

Through offices in Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Singapore and Sofia the media programme aims to help media in the respective region assume their political responsibility and contribute to developing democracy, strengthen the legal framework for the development of an independent media landscape and create the basis for the free formation of opinion in politics and society.


In detail, the media programme promotes:

  • independent journalists who assume their role as watchdogs
  • a free and independent media landscape
  • a professional political communication based on common values between citizens and politicians
In order to achieve these goals, the media programme works with local partners, such as journalists’ associations, training institutions, press councils, media owners, political parties, media houses and NGOs. The programme does not pursue a purely technical approach; it rather follows a political approach, based on dialogue and common values which is reflected in the tools used to implement its objectives. In all four regions as well as in Germany, media practitioners are convened at national or international conferences and journalists or spokespersons are trained in seminars, workshops or study programmes. The programme also carries out surveys and publishes a wide range of publications, covering issues such as investigative journalism, media law, political polling or the influence of internet and social media on journalism.


To learn more about specific activities visit the regional websites: Media Programme Latin America (Spanish version), Media Programme Asia, Media Programme Sub-Sahara Africa, Media Programme South East Europe.