We are probably best known for our media analysis and monitoring during elections. An important benchmark for us was the year 1999 when we were approached for the first time by the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to participate in their international election observation missions.
To date, MEMO 98 has taken part in more than 150 election and media related projects in some 50 countries (in particular in the former Soviet Union and the Balkan countries, but also in Africa, Asia, South America and recently Middle East). More specifically, we have worked in the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
These missions and projects have been conducted in the framework of international organizations, including OSCE/ODIHR, European Union, United Nations, Pro Media, International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), International Media Support (IMS), and National Democratic Institute (NDI). The most significant international projects carried out by MEMO 98 include those conducted in the former Yugoslavia (2000), Belarus (2001, 2004, 2007 and 2008), Ukraine (2004, 2015-2016), Russia (2005-11, 2015), Azerbaijan (2008, 2013-2015), Myanmar (2010-11 and 2015-16), Serbia (2012-2014) and Georgia (2013-2015).
While not winning on social media, Japarov takes the presidency
Bishkek, Bratislava, 11 January 2021
Monitoring of the Kyrgyz snap presidential election showed that Sadyr Japarov was outcompeted by other candidates on social media but that did not stop him...
Source: Roveliu Buga/AP
Chisinau: Moldova’s new President-elect Maia Sandu out-competed the incumbent Dodon in online campaigning ahead of the second round of voting, helping her secure victory in the runoff, according to social media monitoring...
Zheenbekov loses out in Kyrgyzstan’s Instagram election
Monitoring of the disputed Kyrgyz elections showed the now ousted President Zheebenkov was outcompeted by other political figures and parties on social media – despite being the most...
The presidential election in Belarus fell well short of international standards for transparent, free and fair elections, and saw a clear attempt by the authorities to manipulate the outcome, according to independent election monitoring organisations.
President Lukashenko has tried to play down the upcoming election as an unnecessary distraction from business as usual, but an active social media movement has shown the public is no longer prepared to go along with an alternate reality, according to a new...
V súvislosti s 2.schôdzou Výboru NR SR pre kultúru a médiá (7.4.2020), na ktorej Výbor riešil objektivitu spravodajstva RTVS a zaviazal generálneho riaditeľa RTVS o vyjadrenie, sme 21.4. z Výboru dostali odpoveď RTVS (Informácia RTVS), v ktorej televízia reagovala predovšetkým na zistenia monitoringu MEMO 98 zhrnuté v záverečnej správe z 24.marca 2020.
Stanovisko MEMO 98 k tejto Informácii, ktoré bolo súčasťou 5.schôdze Výboru (12.5.2020) venovaného objektivite spravodajstva RTVS najmä v predvolebnom období, je nižšie.
The main purpose of the monitoring was to determine if voters had ample information to make qualified choices at the ballot box and whether this information was sufficiently diverse, balanced, and of adequate quality. Since we wanted to have the most precise and fresh data on what sources people use to receive information about domestic politics, we outsourced the Focus polling agency to conduct a survey in the second half of January 2020. The results of the survey demonstrate that television continues to be the dominant source of information about domestic politics for the majority of people. Three times fewer people get information from online media (websites) and as much as six times fewer people get their information from social media. Based on the survey results, and in context with the 2020 parliamentary elections, we, therefore, decided to focus on monitoring of four nationwide TV channels, twelve selected online media as well as Facebook and Instagram.
Voľby 2020: Dostatok kvalitných informácií aj napriek dezinformačným snahám
Bratislava, 24. marca 2020 – Podľa spoločnej správy MEMO 98 a GLOBSEC Policy Institute mali slovenskí občania v ostatn...