Tackle online and offline threats to media pluralism and freedom, urge MEPs

3 May, 2018 / By europa-nu Lend more support to public service providers and investigative journalists – Create independent regulatory body to monitor and report threats against journalists – Propose EU rules to prevent gagging lawsuits EU member states should “create and maintain, in law and in practice, a safe and secure environment for journalists”,…

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The state of Hungarian media: Endgame

30 August, 2017 / By Viktor Orban, LSE Project Hungary has been experiencing significant constitutional and institutional changes in the last seven years as Viktor Orban and his ruling party Fidesz cemented their political power by capturing the constitutional court and other key institutions. In parallel to the political capture of democratic institutions, media ownership became more…

European Parliament: Media Pluralism and diversity

April 11, 2016 / By European Federation of Journalist The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) was invited by the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists &Democrats in the European Parliament to a seminar on Diversity in Media and Culture Versus Convergence  on Thursday 7 of April. Ms Maria Joao Rodrigues, S&D Vice President and…

Media monopolies a threat to press freedom

April 8, 2016 / By Roderick Flynn, Irish Examiner A European project looking at media pluralism has found that ownership of newspapers and broadcasting outlets is becoming concentrated in fewer hands, says Roderick Flynn THE extent to which media constitute a pluralistic public sphere has been an issue in Ireland for some decades. Concern has focused on…

Media ownership situation ‘high risk’ to diversity of opinion

April 4, 2016 / By Michael O’Regan The Irish Times Report calls for retrospective reform of competition law to restrict influence of individuals. Concentration of media ownership in Ireland poses a “high risk” to diversity of opinion, according to a report compiled by a Dublin City University lecturer. Fewer owners limit the opportunity for diversity of opinion and…