Media transparency vital for functioning democracy: Council of Europe

25 June 2015 / By Hurryiet Daily News A report adopted by the Council of Europe (CoE) on June 24 says media transparency should be promoted, stressing the importance of freedom of expression and media pluralism for a functioning democracy. Member states of the CoE should ensure compliance with transparency standards through regulatory authorities encouraging…

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Czech prime minister calls for media ownership ceilings

26 June 2015 / By Chris Johnstone The Czech prime minister’s comments on media pluralism and ownership came in a meeting with European public broadcasting bosses as their grouping, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), meets in Prague for its strategy setting general assembly. Bohuslav Sobotka said that the Czech media market should be subject to stepped…

Media merger guidelines are impotent and an act of cowardice

19 June 2015 / By Alison O’Connor The general lack of reaction to the Government’s new media-merger guidelines, which were published last week, says a lot. In the midst of a massive national controversy about the concentration of media ownership and censorship, Alex White, the communications minister, finally publishes the new rules for governing this…

Media merger guidelines set for Cabinet approval

9 june 2015 / By Fiach Kelly New media mergers guidelines which say it is “undesirable” for one person or business to hold excessive influence in the industry are set to be passed by Cabinet on Tuesday. Minister for Communications Alex White is expected to publish the guidelines once they have been passed by Ministers…

No slide rule, but plenty of politics in media mergers

4 June 2015 / By Laura Slattery, Irish Times Government guidelines designed to protect pluralism have finally been set In the frenetic, fast-evolving world of media, nothing appears to move more slowly than the laws and regulations that govern it. Minister for Communications Alex White, due to present final guidelines for the new media merger…

WAN-IFRA calls on Turkish gov’t to respect pluralism in media

2 June 2015 / By Hurriyet Daily News The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) called the Turkish government on May 31 ‘to urgently recognize the importance of plural voices within the media and to provide the conditions for independent sources of information’ as the country is only a week ahead of critical…