Media pluralism and democracy in EU countries

21 may, 2018 / By jodi.graphics Share of people saying that media in their country doesn’t provide a diversity of views and opinions (%) – 2016 Two-thirds of respondents agree that their national media provide a diversity of views and opinions The majority of respondents (66%) agree their national media provide a diversity of views…

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…

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…

EU and AU statement on freedom of expression

4, November 2016/ By Bizcommunity The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists was marked on 2 November 2016 by media organisations around the globe. In a joint statement by the European Union and African Union, the following was said: “Media accountability lies first and foremost with the general public. Freedom of opinion…

EU wants Netflix, Amazon to adopt European movie quotas

May 25, 2016/ Jonathan Nackstrand, France24 The plan is the latest step towards what Brussels calls a digital single market, in which the European Union‘s 500 million people will no longer be blocked from buying goods and services more cheaply abroad online. “E-commerce in the EU is not functioning as smoothly as it could,” EU industry…

Latvia Blocks Russian Sputnik Site As Kremlin ‘Propaganda Tool’

March 30, 2016 / By Radio Free Europe /Radio Liberty  Latvian authorities shut down Russia’s pro-Kremlin news site Sputnik on March 29, calling it a “propaganda tool” and drawing an immediate rebuke from Moscow. Latvia’s local domain registry suspended Sputnik’s right to hold the news site Sputniknews.lv, which was established only a few weeks ago to…

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called the Turkish government’s seizure of Feza Media Group “unacceptable” and urged Turks to respect media pluralism

8 March 2016 / By Sputnik he Turkish government’s seizure of Feza Media Group was unacceptable as it is contrary to European values, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Monday. On Friday, a Turkish court ordered Feza Media Group, which includes opposition newspaper Zaman, Today’s Zaman daily and the Cihan news agency, to be placed under the management of government trustees.…

Dark Clouds over Pluralism and Freedom of Media in Poland

13 January 2016 / By Pier Luigi Parcu, Director of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, European University Institute Very bad news for European fundamental values is in the offing from Poland. The Polish President Andrej Duda signed a law that is creating serious concern at both national and European levels. The law was imposed, right…

Greece Ranks 91st in World Press Freedom Index

19 February 2015 / By Ioanna Zikakou Greece ranked 91st in the annual Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index 2015, which is a step up compared to last year when the country was ranked in 99th place. The World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that…