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ABOUT THE ARAB WORKING GROUP FOR MEDIA MONITORING

The Arab Working Group for Media Monitoring, Tunisian association, registered on March 15, 2012.
The Arab Working Group for Media Monitoring is an independent association of organizations and individuals from the Arabic-speaking countries who are active in issues relevant to the media, freedom of expression and human rights in the region. The Group seeks to improve professional standards and media policy reforms at national and regional levels by generating reliable and quality documentation on the state of the media in member countries and advocating on issues pertaining to freedom of opinion and expression as well as encouraging joint regional media advocacy campaigns.
The group was initially born as a spin-off from a project supported by the Danish media organization International Media Support (IMS) and the Open Society Institute (OSI) in which organizations from Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunisia monitored and reported on the media coverage of the 2004 Presidential elections in Tunis. The positive monitoring experience in Tunis led to similar monitoring activities in other Arab countries and subsequently the formation of a loose network of civil society organizations with elections monitoring experience from across the Arab world. Today the group has successfully participated in monitoring the media’s coverage of elections in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.
In March 2011, the Arab Media Group for Media Monitoring established itself as a formal institution with its headquarters in Tunis and expanded its mandate beyond only monitoring the media coverage of elections but to monitoring the media coverage of other pertinent issues that impact the democratic transformation processes underway in the member countries.
The Arab Media Group for media Monitoring includes seventeen (17) member organizations from eleven (11) countries across the Arab World and is represented by a board of seven (7) members who manage the work and develop projects that are identified and agreed to by the members during their annual general meeting. A lean secretariat handles the day-to-day business of the Arab Working Group. The AWG-MM was officialy registered on March 15, 2012 in Tunisia.
For more information on the Arab Working Group please contact us or visit the website at www.awgmm.org

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