In 1990, Mongolia’s peaceful, democratic revolution ushered unprecedented press freedom into the small country. In the intervening twenty six years, the media has expanded rapidly, currently boasting nearly 500 media outlets for a population of three million. This abundance of outlets hasn’t necessarily bolstered democracy– news is frequently bought and paid for by politicians, and unchecked freedom of speech can lead to libelous, uncorroborated journalism.

In this video, Lhagva Erdene (Mongol TV) and Bola Zaankhuu (Eagle TV) describe the state of the Mongolian media and their efforts to bring high journalistic standards to Mongolia.



What is it like to live as an LGBTQI person in Mongolia?  Thanks to the efforts of the LGBT Center, it’s getting better.

In this episode, Anaraa and Dorjjantsan describe the inspiring work of the LGBT Center to promote queer rights in Mongolia both through social and legal measures.  And, Zorig tells us about founding D.D./H.Z., Mongolia’s only gay bar.




Anna Halldorsdottir is an Icelandic editor, composer and sound designer based in New York City.  She has worked on numerous films and documentaries and is currently producing video series about New York City culture and diversity.  Young Mongols is Anna’s 4th project about Mongolia, but previously she worked on documentaries about the women of the Gobi Desert, the Dukha reindeer herders and the Kazakh eagle hunters of the Altai Mountains.

You can see more of her work here.