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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…

Five reasons why media monopolies flourish in India

12th January, 2015 / By Samarika Kumar The laws that could prevent such monopolies are either limited or absent. While walking to work one day, I saw an advertisement for CNBC-TV18 proclaiming, “We have stood for Indian business news. We stand for an India that means business.” With the Reliance takeover and editorial tutoring of…

Media concentration and media ownership in Bulgaria

October 17, 2014 / By Svetla Dimitrova Media concentration and lack of ownership transparency are a major obstacle to media pluralism and freedom in Bulgaria. According to media law expert Nelly Ognyanova, neither of these obstacles can be removed without political will. Interview A campaign in support of a European Citizens Initiative on Media Pluralism was underway…