European media plurality at risk

June 2, 2017/ By New Europe Media plurality in Europe is at risk, according to the latest Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) report by The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom’s (CMPF). The analysis assessed risks to media plurality in the EU, Turkey and Montenegro using data gathered over the year of 2016. Cyprus, Italy and Norway were…

EU washes hands of Czech media debate

May 31, 2017 / By Euobserver The risk to free press posed by Czech oligarch Andrej Babis is not serious enough to warrant EU intervention, the European Commission said on Tuesday (30 May). Giuseppe Abbamonte, director of the media and data directorate at the EU commission, told MEPs in the civil liberties committee that “there…

El CAA apuesta por cooperar para defender el pluralismo político y luchar contra la violencia machista en los medios

May 31, 2017/  By La Vanguardia La presidenta del Consejo Audiovisual de Andalucía (CAA), Emelina Fernández, ha defendido la necesidad de reforzar las acciones de cooperación entre la autoridad audiovisual estatal y las autonómicas para una eficaz defensa del pluralismo político y la lucha contra la violencia de género en los medios públicos. En la…

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…