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European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing and Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems

European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing and Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems

Objective

Free and independent media are vital for the workings of democratic systems. Media structures which are free of interference from government, business or other social groups, and in which access of diverse views and opinions is effectively guaranteed, support democratic debate and sustain citizens’ active involvement in political and civic life.

Given the strong interconnection between politics, business and the media, the creation and safeguarding of an environment supportive of media freedom and independence remain everywhere in Europe a continuous and open-ended process. In view of the important role the media play in providing information about the economy and political affairs, political and economic actors, but also socio-cultural elites regularly seek to exert an influence on domestic media policy-making.

MEDIADEM seeks to understand and explain the factors that promote (or conversely hinder) the development of policies for free and independent media. The project will combine a country-based study in Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and the UK with a comparative analysis across media sectors and types of media services, and will investigate the complex array of policy approaches and regulatory and self-regulatory practices established to safeguard media freedom and independence. In order to verify whether regulatory measures actually advance a more democratic political order through the diversification of media outlets, sources and content, the project will place them in their proper socio-political, economic and cultural context, and will examine how state and non-state perceptions about the role the media should play in contemporary society influence the implementation of the norms enacted. External pressures stemming from the action of regional organisations, such as the Council of Europe and the EU, will also be investigated in detail. The central assumption of MEDIADEM is that economic, socio-political and cultural domestic peculiarities greatly affect how legal norms are interpreted and implemented, how they are perceived and received, and whether they are truly respected. Simultaneously, given the substantial changes brought by new technologies regarding the way citizens obtain information, the project will examine the opportunities and challenges posed by new media services for media freedom and independence.

The project will make a significant contribution to media policy development by advancing knowledge on how media freedom and independence can be safeguarded in Europe. It will thus be of particular interest to state and European policy makers, civil society and the public at large.

Coordinator

Elliniko Idryma Evropaikis kai Exoterikis Politikis (HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR EUROPEAN AND FOREIGN POLICY)

Address

Vasilissis Sofias Avenue 49
106 76 Athens

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 415 340

Administrative Contact

Evangelia Psychogiopoulou (Dr.)

Participants (13)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 301 716

UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 165 640

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 180 520

FONDATSIYA TSENTAR ZA LIBERALNI STRATEGII

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 94 530

HERTIE SCHOOL OF GOVERNANCE GEMMEINNUTZIGE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 135 136

SKOLA KOMUNIKACIE A MEDII NO

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 118 600

TARTU ULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 118 600

TURKIYE EKONOMIK VE SOSYAL ETUDLERVAKFI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 119 960

JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 217 140

INSTITUT ZA RAZVOJ I MEDUNARODNE ODNOSE

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 110 400

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 183 760

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 231 160

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 265 960

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244365

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2010

  • End date

    31 March 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 314 878

  • EU contribution

    € 2 658 462

Coordinated by:

Elliniko Idryma Evropaikis kai Exoterikis Politikis (HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR EUROPEAN AND FOREIGN POLICY)

Greece

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