Greek media and independent journalism under austerity

May 16, 2016 / By Petros Iosifidis, Open Democracy The study on Media Policy and Independent Journalism in Greece  I co-authored for the Open Society Foundations in 2014-15 identified the most urgent problems facing media policy in Greece and how they affect independent journalism. The study was based on desktop research, literature review of sources…

Media should be free and diverse, not a geopolitical tool

26 April, 2016 / By  Benjamin Cunningham Published in The Slovak Spectator Slovakia ranks 12th in the annual global ranking of press freedom; Central Europe fare less well. If the latest report released by Reporters Without Borders is to be believed, last year was a bad one for journalism. Though Slovakia ranks high, 12th, in this annual…

Govt media crackdown unacceptable, says Chamisa

12 November 2015 / By New Zimbabwe OPPOSITION MDC-T legislator, Nelson Chamisa, has described as “deplorable and unpleasant” the press crackdown by government which has seen the arrest of journalists from both the private and public media. In a statement this week, Chamisa, also an advocate in Harare, said the State was “effectively criminalising journalism…

Send in the robots: automated journalism and its potential impact on media pluralism (1)

14 August 2010 / By Pieter-Jan Ombelet Resources for investigative journalism are diminishing. In the digital age, this was a foreseeable evolution: publishers typically regard these pieces as time-consuming and expensive, and the results of the research are often unpredictable and potentially disappointing. In this first of two posts, Pieter-Jan Ombelet of the KU Leuven…

Greek media in disarray

29 May 2015 / By Maria Kyriakidou There is perhaps no other field that better illustrates how deeply ingrained clientelism is in Greek political culture than the media sector. Politicians, media and business have long been operating as a ‘triangle of power’, where private and political interests are intrinsically intertwined and where the media function as…

European spectrum policy needs to sustain job growth, media pluralism and quality content

15 mayo 2015 / By European Federation of Journalist The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), together with organisations representing media workers and employers in the creative and cultural industry have called on European policy makers to ensure job growth, media diversity and quality content in the response to the European Commission’s consultation on spectrum policy.…

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…

Stopping the deterioration of press freedom

4 January 2014 / By Nils Muižnieks New Europe Online While thugs threaten journalists safety, courtrooms are used to muzzle them My Office received an email from prominent Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova. She pleaded for the case of a fellow Azerbaijani journalist sentenced to eight years in prison on trumped up charges. A few hours later,…