Good decision-making depends on people having reliable and accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Given the recent global developments in the media, people are overwhelmed with quantity of information but often skeptical of its quality. Fewer journalists and media consumers separate the important information from the false diversions, and fewer still seem ready to pursue the truth. Media monitoring is an effective tool to hold those who are supposed to be the controllers to account. We monitor media to provide feedback and to initiate discussion about the quality of media reporting and importance of real watchdog and investigative journalism.
We conduct media monitoring, write reports, and make recommendations to public and policy makers on media & election legislation, international standards concerning the media and the electoral process and democratic governance. Our mission statement is expressed in the slogan "Ensure that all citizens have free access to comprehensive information.”
The primary objective of our monitoring is to evaluate the range of political and social diversity in media reporting. Our methodology of media monitoring originates from the journalism school of the Columbia University, with initial trainings provided to us thanks to support from the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). In general, our monitoring could be divided into two main categories: election and non-election. The methodology has been proven, tested, and enhanced by our experts in a number of countries of Europe, Asia, America and Africa. Given its comprehensive qualitative & quantitative aspects with content-oriented approach, it is specially designed to provide in-depth feedback on pluralism and diversity in media reporting, including coverage of chosen subjects/themes (e.g. integration, minorities, corruption etc.).
We monitored social media platforms to determine their impact on the recent elections in Belarus, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan. Check interviews with three experts to learn what were the three main findings in each country.
Between 19 November 2020 and 9 January 2021, Media Development Center, a Kyrgyz media organization, and MEMO 98, a Slovak non-profit specialist media-monitoring organization, monitored social media in the run-up to the 10 January early presidential election...
Exiled opposition politician dominated on Instagram Monitoring of social media during the recent Kazakh parliamentary elections showed that while in political exile, the fugitive former head of Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank and opposition politician Mukhtar...
MEMO 98 is featured in the publication titled “The Many Faces Fighting Disinformation: Safeguarding Civil Society’s Role in the Response to Information Disorders" as an organization monitoring elections in the digital age.
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...
Bidzina Ivanishvili most active on Facebook but Mikheil Saakashvili more popular. From among parties, UNM more active than the Georgian Dream. European Georgia spent more money on FB ads than any other party.
The information environment has changed significantly in recent years, particularly as a result of new trends and developments, including the increased role of social media networks. This technological and social shift is changing the way media influence...
Moldovan election: Incumbent Dodon way behind Usatîi and Sandu in social media campaign
Moldova’s incumbent President Igor Dodon is losing out on social media to his ideological rival Renato Usatîi and the pro-European candidate Maia...
The 1 November presidential election in Moldova will be the second direct presidential vote since 2016 (between 2000 and 2016 the president was elected by the parliament). By law, the president is elected for a four-year term in a single nationwide...