The MEDIADEM project and the MDCEE project (Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe) organised a joint workshop in order to share their research findings. The MDCEE project investigates in a comparative fashion the relationship between democracy and the media in Central and Eastern Europe, cialis addressing specifically the countries that have joined the EU since 2004. The workshop took place on 15 November 2012 at the European Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College, in Oxford, UK.

The morning section was devoted to the MEDIADEM project. Through selected presentations, MEDIADEM researchers introduced the MDCEE group to MEDIADEM’s work, and presented key project results. Ioana Av?dani highlighted the main findings of the project’s comparative analysis concerning the relationship between politics and the media in Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Romania and Slovakia. Evangelia Psychogiopoulou and Rachael Craufurd-Smith focused on public service media (PSM) and discussed key features reflective of their political independence (i.e. management and supervision structures, financing and remit). Tony Prosser reported on the findings of the comparative report The regulatory quest for free and independent media, centring on the various forms of media regulation currently in place in the fourteen MEDIADEM countries. Rachael Craufurd-Smith finally offered an overview of the main constraints or threats to the operation of free and independent media in the countries under study.

The afternoon session was about the MCDEE project. Péter Bajomi-Lázár presented the findings of field research concerning patterns of party colonisation of the media in Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovenia. Auks? Bal?ytien? talked about media use and the developments surrounding the media industry in the Baltic countries. The role of the state in the Central and Eastern European region in relation to the switchover to digital terrestrial television was the focus of the presentation of Václav Št?tka. The final presentation was that of Ainius Lašas on the relationship between party dynamics and media freedom in Central and Eastern Europe.

Throughout the meeting emphasis was put on the significant impact of contextual factors on the shaping of media policies and media systems in Europe. Overall, the meeting provided an excellent opportunity for researchers to get feedback on their work and reflect upon the contribution of the two projects to the promotion of media freedom.

You may access the agenda of the event here.