Media Sustainability Index (MSI)
The Media Sustainability Index (MSI) is a joint project of USAID and the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). Funded by USAID and developed by IREX, the MSI measures five key indicators of media systems in twenty different countries and provinces in the E&E region. USAID has funded the MSI since 2001, with media indicators generally paralleling other democracy indicators in the region, showing substantial progress in eastern Europe; some incremental progress in the Caucasus and Ukraine; and, for the most part, considerable backsliding in Russia, Belarus and Central Asia. The MSI is used by government officials, scholars, non-governmental organizations and private enterprises to monitor one of the key features of a democratic society, the existence (or non-existence) of an independent, objective and professional media system.