Olaf Steenfadt, Head of Project RSF
Heads the "Media Ownership Monitor" project and the "Journalism Trust Initiative" at the press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders, RSF. For many years, he has been engaged as a consultant and coach in media development cooperation. Mandates of international organizations and NGOs lead him primarily to Southeast Europe and the Arab world. He previously worked for national German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF in various roles, including as a radio and TV presenter, investigative reporter, domestic and foreign correspondent, as well as in format development and corporate communication. Olaf is a member of the "High-level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation" of the European Commission and of the "Committee of Experts on Quality of Journalism in the Digital Age" at the Council of Europe. He teaches frequently at universities in Germany and Europe.
Nina Ludewig, MOM Peru Project Manager (RSF)
Media Ownership Monitor Project Manager for Reporters Without Borders. She is conscious of the dynamics of media communication from various perspectives: she worked as both a journalist and independent producer for German television broadcasters. She has also worked as a journalist trainer in Latin America and supported NGOs in their public relations and in project implementation. She has extensive experience in Latin America, having worked for NGOs in the fields of human rights and political education, among others, in Guatemala and Bolivia.
Lisa-Maria Kretschmer, MOM Project Coordinator (RSF)
Coordinator and Head of Research for the Media Ownership Monitoring Project. She is responsible for project implementation in the Philippines. She previously worked in the fields of human rights and disaster resilience for GIZ and a German Member of Parliament, among others. In 2011 she assisted the Munich Ludwig-Maximilians University in an international research project about the role of the media in conflict situations. She draws on this experience and on her previous for-profit and not-for-profit positions in communications agencies and departments to drive public awareness of human rights issues. She studied political communication, journalism and economics in Germany (LMU Munich, FU Berlin), the Netherlands, Denmark and Israel.
Adriana Hurtado, President of FECOLPER
Journalist and industrial engineer. Specialist in organizational communication, with studies in social communication and communications media production management. Founder and coordinator of radio and digital communications media. Promoter of public journalism in Colombia. Experienced in the coordination and implementation of social projects for international development cooperation and with state entities working on freedom of expression. Participant in the development of public policies and the collective reparation process for journalists. Since 2011 she has been President of the Colombian Federation of Journals (FECOLPAR), a professional journalists organization that promotes freedom of the press and has 122 members in 29 departments across the country.
Andrés Pablo Agámez Polo, FECOLPER communications advisor.
A social journalism communicator, audiovisual producer, and specialist in political marketing. He has broad experience in regional and national communications media, such as El Heraldo, Caracol Radio and El Meridiano de Córdoba. He has led communications in Colombian public and private organizations such as the National Service of Learning and the University of Córdoba. In 2011 he created the CINESINÚ Foundation, a cultural company that promotes cinematographic audiovisual production in the Colombian Caribbean, as well as the use of cinema for social projects in vulnerable communities in Colombia. He is currently communications advisor for the Colombian Federation of Journalists (FECOLPER), communications consultant for the Congress of the Republic in Colombia, and a teacher in the areas of communication and digital marketing.
Johana Silva Aldana, researcher MOM Colombia
Principal researcher in the international Media Ownership Monitoring project developed by FECOLPER and RSF in Colombia. She is a lawyer with a Master's degree in Social Sciences from the National University of La Plata (Argentina). She is experienced in the field of human rights as a researcher and coordinator in international development cooperation projects with communities and grassroots social organizations. She is currently a consultant on issues related to the protection of journalists, media pluralism, and the defense of press freedom as a right. She supports the Colombian Federation of Journalists (FECOLPER) in the process of collective reparation for journalists currently underway in Colombia.
Liliana Delgado, researcher MOM Colombia
Researcher for the international Media Ownership Monitoring project developed by FECOLPER and RSF in Colombia. Political scientist and candidate and masters candidate in political studies from the National University of Colombia. She is experienced in research and working with communities. She provides advice to FECOLPER on its participation in the public policy development process on freedom of expression for those who practice journalism in Colombia.
María Paula Martínez, researcher MOM Colombia
Political scientist with a master's degree in journalism. She is a professor at the Journalism Study Center of the University of the Andes. She is a creator. She has experience in research on media analysis and the impact of ICT. She was national coordinator of Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) 2015 and co-author of the report Mapping Digital Media published by the Media Program of the Open Society Foundations. She collaborator with Observacom.
Juan Carlos Garzón, legal advisor MOM Colombia
Lawyer and Bachelor of Social Sciences. He is a specialist in telecommunications and new technologies regulation and management. He has a masters degree in sociology. He is professor of the Faculty of Social Communication - (Journalism) of the Externado University of Colombia. He has seventeen years experience in teaching; academic research; the design, development and implementation of social projects; sectoral and institutional planning; and management and implementation of public policies in the sectors of government, communication, television, education, and cultu
In each country, RSF cooperates with a local organization. In Colombia, RSF worked with the Colombian Federation of Journalists (FECOLPER) to facilitate the adaptation and rigorous application of the MOM in 2015. FECOLPER is a socially-based organization that brings together more than 1,200 communicators and media workers. It promotes best practices for free, responsible and safe journalism.
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (Reporter Sans Frontières, RSF) was founded in Montpellier (France) in 1985 by four journalists. It is is registered in France as a non-profit organization and has consultant status at the United Nations and UNESCO. RSF advocates for media freedom, supports independent media and protects endangered journalists worldwide. Its missions are
- To continuously monitor attacks on freedom of information worldwide;
- To denounce any such attacks in the media;
- To act in cooperation with governments to fight censorship and laws aimed at restricting freedom of information;
- To morally and financially assist persecuted journalists, as well as their families.
- To offer material assistance to war correspondents in order to enhance their safety.
Since 1994, the German section is active in Berlin. Although the German section works closely with the International Secretariat in Paris to research and evaluate media freedom worldwide, it is organizationally and financially independent. In that role, it has applied for a grant at the federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – in order to finance the Media Ownership Monitor project.
Global Media Registry
The Global Media Registry (GMR) collects, compiles and provides – either publicly available or self-reported – datasets and contextual information on media outlets around the world.
In doing so, the objective is to enhance transparency, accountability and responsibility in the information space. Thus, the GMR facilitates better choices and decision making, both algorithmic and human, of all stakeholders. These may include every citizen and consumer, regulators and donors, as well as the private sector – for example advertisers and intermediaries (a. k. a. platforms and distributors).
By providing this public service as a social enterprise, the Global Media Registry contributes to the advancement of the freedoms of information and expression at large.
It was founded as a spin-off from the Media Ownership Monitor project, which it now operates as a non-for-profit LLC registered under German law.