Case study reports – Media regulation: A panacea for free and independent media?

MEDIADEM researchers met in Edinburgh on 8-10 December 2011 for the fourth meeting of the project.  Twenty nine participants from fourteen European countries came together to discuss about the project, try
to evaluate the progress so far and to lay down the roadmap of activities.

In more detail, MEDIADEM researchers talked about the nature and scope of the project’s comparative reports, which is the next item on the research agenda. Project partners presented their preliminary observations on the issues that emerge as important for media freedom and independence from a comparative perspective. The presentations provided the basis for lively discussions on how the evaluation and analysis of variable (as well as common) patterns of media policy-making and regulation affecting the media’s freedom and independence could be best approached. Throughout discussion emphasis was put on the need to take the challenges posed by technological developments and the financial crisis into account. The meeting proceeded with a discussion about the compilation of policy briefs on the basis of the findings of the project, and the means to employ in order to reach out to the broader media policy community.
MEDIADEM researchers met in Edinburgh on 8-10 December 2011 for the fourth meeting of the project.  Twenty nine participants from fourteen European countries came together to discuss about the project, abortion
to evaluate the progress so far and to lay down the roadmap of activities.

In more detail, MEDIADEM researchers talked about the nature and scope of the project’s comparative reports, which is the next item on the research agenda. Project partners presented their preliminary observations on the issues that emerge as important for media freedom and independence from a comparative perspective. The presentations provided the basis for lively discussions on how the evaluation and analysis of variable (as well as common) patterns of media policy-making and regulation affecting the media’s freedom and independence could be best approached. Throughout discussion emphasis was put on the need to take the challenges posed by technological developments and the financial crisis into account. The meeting proceeded with a discussion about the compilation of policy briefs on the basis of the findings of the project, and the means to employ in order to reach out to the broader media policy community.

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14 case study reports discussing the policy processes and the regulatory tools that have a bearing on the development of free and independent media in the countries covered by the MEDIADEM project have been issued. The case study reports engage in an empirical study of the institutional dynamics of media policy-making in the countries under review. They also examine the regulatory framework governing the media, prostate investigating whether the domestic rules, as enacted and implemented, facilitate the development of free and independent media. The methodology employed for the case study reports combines an examination of primary resources, secondary literature and semi-structured interviews with policy-makers, journalists and independent media regulators, amongst others. You may download the case study reports in pdf format: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, and the UK.