Italian Media Regulator Blocks Vivendi’s Italian Expansion

April 18, 2017/ By Variety Italian media regulator Agcom has ruled that French media conglomerate Vivendi’s expansion into Italy where it has built large stakes in both Telecom Italia and broadcaster Mediaset violates the country’s anti-trust laws and given Vivendi one year to reduce its stake in one of the two companies. The decision marks…

Bulgaria, “quasi-media” on the rise

April 13, 2017/ By Mediapool The growing presence of political and corporate propaganda in Bulgaria’s media is the most obvious indicator of the ongoing transformation in media ownership in the country. The market is increasingly occupied by the so-called “quasi-media”, pro-government propaganda agents and publications that carry out smear campaigns against politicians, journalists, and newspapers…

Ensuring media diversity and plurality in Norway

April 10, 2017/ By LSE Norway has a multi-party parliamentary system with a minority government coalition currently based on the Conservative Party and the populist Progress Party. The appointment of independent committees to gather information, analyze current challenges and propose new policy instruments is a stable feature of the political system. The ensuing reports are…

Georgia: Media Freedom at Risk

March 7, 2017/ By HRW (Tbilisi) – An ownership dispute over Georgia’s most-watched television broadcaster, Rustavi 2, has sparked serious concerns about potential government interference with both media and the judiciary, Human Rights Watch said today. Rustavi 2’s current leadership, the political opposition, and many independent groups see a lawsuit by a former owner seeking…

PM Kvirikashvili Mulls Media Ombudsman’s Office

March 6, 2017/ By Civil Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili proposed establishment of the Media Ombudsman’s Office tasked to monitor the country’s media environment and its development. Commenting the decision of the European Court of Human Rights to suspend the enforcement of the Supreme Court’s March 2 decision, which reinstated the ownership rights of Rustavi…

Rustavi 2 TV Row: International Reaction

March 3, 2017/ By Civil The Supreme Court of Georgia, the country’s highest court of appeal, ruled on March 2 against the current owners of Rustavi 2 TV, the country’s most-watched private television broadcaster, granting the ownership rights to Kibar Khalvashi, who co-owned the channel a decade ago and whose claims many see as orchestrated…

La oposición critica el sesgo independentista de TV-3

March 3, 2017/ By El Periódico  Los partidos de la oposición han vuelto a arremeter este viernes, 3 de marzo contra la falta de pluralismo en los medios públicos de Catalunya. Las criticas contra la tele autonómica se han realizado en el Parlament, durante la comparecencia de Roger Loppacher, presidente del Consell de l’Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC),…

Trump’s war on the news media is serious. Just look at Latin America.

February 16, 2017/ By Marisa Kellam and Elizabeth A. Stein President Donald Trump continues to wage his self-proclaimed “running war with the media.” During yesterday’s press conference, he evaded inquiries about his campaign’s contact with Russian officials by ignoring mainstream media reporters, only taking questions from those working for conservative news outlets. This is becoming a pattern…