MEDIADEM’s work plan consists of four different phases.
Phase 1: State of the art (completed)
The first phase of the project established the theoretical foundations for our research and provided background information on the 14 media landscapes and regulatory systems reviewed.
Phase 2: Case-studies (completed)
The second phase of the project involved empirical research in the 14 countries selected. Project partners examine media policy-making processes in the countries under study, placing them in their proper socio-political, economic and cultural context, and investigated whether domestic media policy strategies help realise media freedom and independence. Analysis has related to both traditional and new media services and has examined how regulatory, co-regulatory and self-regulatory norms are understood and put into practice.
Phase 3: Comparative analysis (completed)
Our empirical findings has fed the third phase of the project, which involved cross-state and cross-media comparative analysis, in order to evaluate and explain variable patterns of media policy-making targeting media freedom and independence.
Phase 4: Policy development (completed)
The final stage of the project involved the formulation of concrete policy recommendations for state and non state actors involved in media policy-making, the European Union and the Council of Europe. Best practices for the promotion of free and independent media have also been identified.
Throughout the project the consortium seeks to establish regular channels for the exchange of views and opinions with the broader media community and key actors involved in the design and implementation of media policies.