Media Matters for Democracy is a Pakistan based not-for-profit geared towards independent journalism, and media and digital rights advocacy. MMfD was founded by a group of journalists who believe in free expression and are working to ensure that the media and public alike have the tools and an enabling environment to exercise their fundamental rights.
MMfD’s core objective is to ensure that rights to free expression, association, access to information and related freedoms are protected in Pakistan.
MMfD also works for innovation in media and journalism through the use of technology, research, capacity building and advocacy. As the media industry steps into the digital age, we are striving to introduce new media concepts and debates within the industry in Pakistan, with an aim to enable journalists to use digital tools for their trade.
One of the organisation’s core areas of interest is digital rights advocacy, particularly in the context of freedom of expression and information, and enabling rights. MMfD in this area particularly focuses on the inclusion of citizens’ especially women voices in online spaces, advocacy for progressive communication policies, and bringing the digital rights issues in the political mainstream.
To generate credible information relating to our areas of interests, MMfD has also recently ventured in the production of journalism content on digital rights, and data stories on various thematic issues using Right to Information, as a means to demonstrate the use of data technologies and RTI in journalism.
MMfD has a strong focus on gender in the context of media, Internet and online spaces and all our initiatives and programs include an overarching emphasis on inclusion.
Following is MMfD’s organisational hierarchy: