Europe’s spectrum debate needs to respect media pluralism

28 January 2015 / By European Federation of Journalists Senior representatives from broadcasting, network infrastructure, trade unions and professional organisations call on EU decision-makers to shape an ambitious industrial strategy for Europe’s creative and cultural industries. Europe’s unique radio and audiovisual model is a huge asset for Europe’s competitive position in the digital world, cultural…

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Europe needs more media pluralism

25 January 2015 / By European Federation of Journalist Europe needs more media pluralism. The application of the “Media Pluralism Monitor 2014″, developped by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) at the Florence European University Institute, demonstrates that there are various risks for media pluralism across nine selected countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France,…

Pluralism: Freedom with riders?

27 January 2015 / By Sadaf Aman India has not been kind to people who have taken the path less travelled — be it MF Hussain or Salman Rushdie  and more recently Perumal Murugan. Even while we have social media that has boosted freedom of expression and creativity, there is a rider in the form…

Test for Egyptian Journalists

25 January 2015 / By Naomi Sakr In a classic essay in the Journal of Democracy in 2002, “The End of the Transition Paradigm,” democratization analyst Thomas Carothers questioned the assumption that elections are the be-all and end-all of democracy. His argument seems especially apt in Egypt’s case. One mistake, according to Carothers, is to believe…

La hora de los medios públicos

21 January 2015 / By Jaume Guillamet. El Diario.es El cumplimiento de los principios de neutralidad, independencia y pluralismo es lo que justifica la existencia de los medios públicos, ahora en horas bajas. Ante este 2015 de múltiples elecciones que ponen a prueba la confianza de los ciudadanos Las convocatorias electorales de 2015 -todas, menos…

Media mergers under scrutiny in Ireland

21 January 2015 / By Stephen Dunne In December 2014, Ireland’s Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources published draft guidelines on media mergers and invited comments until 22 January. Stephen Dunne, journalist and PhD candidate at Dublin City University, looks at the guidelines and at the implications of this move. Democratic governments are wary…

Pressure on media not to cover opposition election campaign

19 January 2015 / By Reporters Without Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks on media pluralism during the campaign for tomorrow’s presidential election in Zambia due to the ruling Patriotic Front’s harassment and threats against several news outlets. Media coverage has also been very partisan during the campaign, with the main opposition party, the United Party…