Media Matters for Democracy is a Pakistan based not-for-profit working to defend freedom of expression, media, Internet, and communications in Pakistan. Our activities include policy research, advocacy, training, legal aid and support and public interest litigations. The organisation 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.
Our core objective is to ensure that rights to free expression, association, access to information and related freedoms are protected in Pakistan, in policy and practice.
MMfD also works for innovation in media and journalism through the use of technology, research, and advocacy. As the media industry steps into the digital age, we are striving to introduce new media concepts, business models, and debates within the industry in Pakistan, with an aim to enable budding journalists to effectively use digital tools for their trade.
One of our 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, we also produce journalistic content through a team of in-house reporters, on digital rights, Internet Governance, and data stories on various thematic issues using Right to Information as a means to demonstrate the use of RTI laws for data-driven journalistic investigations.
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.