The media should have a crucial role to play in engaging the public with the aims and achievements of open government. The pursuit of greater transparency and accountability is close to the public aims of many media organisations.
However, there is ignorance of the OGP among mainstream media around the world – including in member countries. This is coupled with considerable scepticism about motives and the depth of government commitments to greater transparency. Such scepticism is fed by moves against free expression and media in some countries and by poor performance from institutions who have committed to greater access to information.
In addition, media organisations face their own challenges in developing the skills and resources to fully explore open government on behalf of the public. They also face challenges in adopting more open methods of reporting and greater accountability of their own. As a result the public are less well informed about the OGP, the open government movement, or the performance of their own institutions than they could be. Can the media be partners in the aims of Open Government? Or are media and governments fixed in their roles as adversaries? This panel debate will explore the roles and perspectives of different media towards open government.
Richard Sambrook (Moderator)
John Lloyd, Financial Times and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Professor James T Hamilton, Stanford University
Justin Arenstein, African Media Initiative
Yuli Ismartono, Tempo Magazine, Indonesia