Increasing Accountability through Independent Media

Speeches Shim

Independent media outlets in Indonesia face economic and political threats that the pandemic has only exacerbated. Further, the spread of mis/disinformation inhibits the public from accessing the information they need to realize their rights and hold the government and big businesses to account.

Independent media serves the public by defending citizens’ rights, increasing transparency, and improving accountability. Today, independent media organizations struggle for readers’ attention against social media advertising, while the same time, physical, digital, and legal attacks on journalists and independent publications are on the rise.

USAID Media Empowerment for Democratic Integrity and Accountability (MEDIA)

USAID MEDIA activity strengthens public-interest media and civil society organizations (CSOs) seeking to ensure government accountability, hold business interests to account, and counter misinformation and disinformation. The project trains and supports journalists reporting on sexual and religious minorities, among other marginalized groups, so that diverse voices are represented in public discourse.


USAID MEDIA aims to increase the ability of media and CSOs working on transparency and accountability to increase citizen engagement with (and access to) high-quality, evidence-based coverage about issues of substantial public interest. 

The project will also enhance the report skills of local and national media outlets and increase the capability of at-risk journalists to prevent and manage threats. This will boost the resilience and sustainability of media outlets so that they can adapt to -- and survive -- changes in the media landscape.

Finally, USAID MEDIA will build public understanding of credible local media outlets; strengthen the ties between local media and local CSOs; and improve the ability of CSOs to advocate for media freedom, safety, and security.


Dondy Sentya, USAID at
Eric Sasono, USAID MEDIA at

Last updated: June 09, 2022

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