MEDIADEM has been a European research project which sought to understand and explain the factors that promote or conversely prevent the development of policies supporting free and independent media. The project combined 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 various types of media services. It investigated the configuration of media policies in the aforementioned countries and examined the opportunities and challenges generated by new media services for media freedom and independence. Moreover, external pressures on the design and implementation of state media policies, stemming from the European Union and the Council of Europe, were thoroughly discussed and analysed.

Project duration: April 2010-March 2013

Project funding: European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013), grant agreement FP7-SSH-2009-A no. 244365 (approx. 2.65 million Euro)

Project coordinator: Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy

Project consortium: Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium), Centre for Liberal Strategies (CLS, Bulgaria), Institute for International Relations (IMO, Croatia), University of Copenhagen (UCPH, Denmark), University of Tartu (UT, Estonia), University of Jyväskylä (JYU, Finland), University of Bielefeld (UNIBI, Germany), Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP, Greece), European University Institute (EUI, Italy), Hertie School of Governance (HERTIE, Germany), School of Communication and Media (SKAMBA, Slovakia), University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM, Spain), Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV, Turkey), University of Edinburgh (UEDIN, UK)