European Union competencies in respect of media pluralism and media freedom
Title: European Union competencies in respect of media pluralism and media freedom
Series/Number: EUI RSCAS PP; 2013/01; Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF)
This report presents the phenomena of media freedom and pluralism and the major academic and policy debates about their social, political, economic role and implications. It highlights the importance of media freedom and pluralism for the functioning, sustainability and legitimacy of a democratic regime, and therefore the necessity for relevant policy actions. The text also provides a state of the art perspective on the measuring and evaluating of media pluralism. It analyses major aspects of media economics and ownership, including the tendency to media concentration, the potential relationship between pluralism and the increased number of sources of supply, the impact of emerging "Internet native" media players, and globalisation. The legal core of the report examines the development of the debate on legal instruments and jurisprudence, as well as those EU legal instruments that are currently available to tackle the areas of media pluralism and media freedom. Following on from the few EU instruments that are presently in place, and the general legal uncertainty present in this field, the report aims to suggest how the legislation in force could be used or modified in order to foster media freedom and pluralism in a more efficient way.
Subject: Media pluralism competencies; Approximation of media legislation; Media authorities independence; Media ownership; Media Pluralism; Relevant markets; New media conglomerates; Media economy globalisation; Measuring media freedom and pluralism; Comparing media systems; Democratic legitimacy; Political involvement and representation
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