What policies for free and independent media in Bulgaria?

Policies for free and independent media in Romania were the core topic of the workshop organised on 26 November 2012 by the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) in cooperation with the Romanian Academic Society and the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest, sick
Romania.

MEDIADEM researchers Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Ioana Av?dani and Cristian Ghinea presented the policy paper produced as part of the project. Among the proposed policies were developing a comprehensive strategy for promoting broad access to information for the public; striking a fair balance between public and commercial broadcasters; and increasing the transparency of, and democratic participation in, consultations on draft media legislation.

The participants – representatives of the public authorities (the Presidency and the Audiovisual Council), the public media, journalists and NGO activists – agreed that the main priority in Romania is increasing the public’s media literacy. Without an educated public, able to critically evaluate editorial content, the down-spiraling of the media cannot be stopped.

The situation of the public media also stirred heated debate. Participants agreed that it is of utmost importance to rapidly eliminate political control over the public media (especially over the public television). Free and strong public media could also play an important role in promoting the much needed media literacy.

The credibility crisis that affects the journalistic profession was another topic that received attention. The journalists’ reaction to pressures coming from both outside and inside the newsroom has been weak and has made them lost control over the profession. To correct this situation, the self-regulation process should re-start, with the direct participation of the persons in charge of editorial control.

Part of the problems faced by the Romanian media can be solved only via honest and balanced intervention of state actors, called upon to formulate and apply clear and predictable media policies. The final decision lies inevitably with the political actors, which makes it necessary for the political class to embrace and renew their commitment to the principle of media freedom and independence. Since in Romania the most efficient instrument to promote this principle has been pressure from the European Union, participants agreed that a pan-European approach for the promotion of free and independent media is necessary.

The agenda is available here (in English).

 For more information you may contact Ioana Av?dani.

Policies for free and independent media in Romania were the core topic of the workshop organised on 26 November 2012 by the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) in cooperation with the Romanian Academic Society and the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest, view Romania.

MEDIADEM researchers Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, phlebologist
Ioana Av?dani and Cristian Ghinea presented the policy paper produced as part of the project. Among the proposed policies were developing a comprehensive strategy for promoting broad access to information for the public; striking a fair balance between public and commercial broadcasters; and increasing the transparency of, and democratic participation in, consultations on draft media legislation.

The participants – representatives of the public authorities (the Presidency and the Audiovisual Council), the public media, journalists and NGO activists – agreed that the main priority in Romania is increasing the public’s media literacy. Without an educated public, able to critically evaluate editorial content, the down-spiraling of the media cannot be stopped.

The situation of the public media also stirred heated debate. Participants agreed that it is of utmost importance to rapidly eliminate political control over the public media (especially over the public television). Free and strong public media could also play an important role in promoting the much needed media literacy.

The credibility crisis that affects the journalistic profession was another topic that received attention. The journalists’ reaction to pressures coming from both outside and inside the newsroom has been weak and has made them lost control over the profession. To correct this situation, the self-regulation process should re-start, with the direct participation of the persons in charge of editorial control.

Part of the problems faced by the Romanian media can be solved only via honest and balanced intervention of state actors, called upon to formulate and apply clear and predictable media policies. The final decision lies inevitably with the political actors, which makes it necessary for the political class to embrace and renew their commitment to the principle of media freedom and independence. Since in Romania the most efficient instrument to promote this principle has been pressure from the European Union, participants agreed that a pan-European approach for the promotion of free and independent media is necessary.

The agenda is available here (in English).

 For more information you may contact Ioana Av?dani.

Policies for free and independent media in Romania were the core topic of the workshop organised on 26 November 2012 by the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) in cooperation with the Romanian Academic Society and the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest, case
Romania.

MEDIADEM researchers Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, diagnosis
Ioana Av?dani and Cristian Ghinea presented the policy paper produced as part of the project. Among the proposed policies were developing a comprehensive strategy for promoting broad access to information for the public; striking a fair balance between public and commercial broadcasters; and increasing the transparency of, pharm
and democratic participation in, consultations on draft media legislation.

The participants – representatives of the public authorities (the Presidency and the Audiovisual Council), the public media, journalists and NGO activists – agreed that the main priority in Romania is increasing the public’s media literacy. Without an educated public, able to critically evaluate editorial content, the down-spiraling of the media cannot be stopped.

The situation of the public media also stirred heated debate. Participants agreed that it is of utmost importance to rapidly eliminate political control over the public media (especially over the public television). Free and strong public media could also play an important role in promoting the much needed media literacy.

The credibility crisis that affects the journalistic profession was another topic that received attention. The journalists’ reaction to pressures coming from both outside and inside the newsroom has been weak and has made them lost control over the profession. To correct this situation, the self-regulation process should re-start, with the direct participation of the persons in charge of editorial control.

Part of the problems faced by the Romanian media can be solved only via honest and balanced intervention of state actors, called upon to formulate and apply clear and predictable media policies. The final decision lies inevitably with the political actors, which makes it necessary for the political class to embrace and renew their commitment to the principle of media freedom and independence. Since in Romania the most efficient instrument to promote this principle has been pressure from the European Union, participants agreed that a pan-European approach for the promotion of free and independent media is necessary.

The agenda is available here (in English).

 For more information you may contact Ioana Av?dani.

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MEDIADEM’s ‘Policy report addressing state and non-state actors involved in the design and implementation of media policies supportive of media freedom and independence, viagra
the European Union and the Council of Europe’
is now available online. Aimed at informing domestic state and non-state actors operating in the field of media policy, the report comprises policy papers with recommendations for the promotion of media freedom and independence in the 14 MEDIADEM countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. In addition, the report formulates policy recommendations addressing the Council of Europe and the European Union and offers a regulatory matrix that provides an overview of the regulatory systems at work in the 14 countries under study. The collective report is available here (in English). The policy paper concerning the Council of Europe and the European Union including the regulatory matrix is also available individually here.

The Centre for Liberal Strategies (CLS) held a workshop on what policies are needed for free and independent media in Bulgaria. The event, unhealthy
which took place on 14 December 2012, focused on the critical issues for the media policy in the country: state funding of the media, the ethical standards of the journalistic profession, and the concentration and transparency of media ownership. The aim of the workshop was to provide a forum for discussion of the policy suggestions for the development of free and independent media in Bulgaria, drafted by the Bulgarian MEDIADEM team. The workshop brought together media experts, academics, policy makers, politicians, journalists and representatives of journalistic associations.

The event was opened by Dr Daniel Smilov, associate professor of political science at the Sofia University and programme director at the CLS. He presented the main results of MEDIADEM project and also outlined the project’s policy suggestions for the development of free and independent media in Bulgaria. Dr Smilov also chaired the first panel, which focused on state funding of the media in Bulgaria and media freedom and independence. Panelists included: Prof Georgi Lozanov, chair of the Council for Electronic Media, the independent electronic media regulator in Bulgaria, Ms Irina Nedeva, journalist with the Bulgarian National Radio and Kiril Vultchev, presenter at the national Darik radio and member of the National Council for Journalistic Ethics.

The second panel, chaired by Dr Ruzha Smilova, researcher at the Bulgarian MEDIADEM team, discussed policies for enhancing ethical standards in the journalistic profession. Among the panelists were influential media expert Prof Orlin Spassov, Prof. Ivaylo Ditchev, cultural anthropologist, Mr Vesselin Stoynev, journalist and editor of the Trud daily and Kristina Hristova, president of the Bulgarian Chapter of the Association of European Journalists. The chief of the cabinet of the prime-minister, Mrs Boryana Bachvarova, also discussed the project’s suggestions for strengthening the self-regulation of the journalistic profession in the country.

The final panel was devoted to policies for enhancing transparency of media ownership and countering excessive concentration. It was chaired by Dr Georgy Ganev, programme director at the CLS and researcher at the Bulgarian MEDIADEM team. The panelists included Dr Radomir Cholakov, media law expert, executive director of the Union of Bulgarian Publishers and chair of the Council for Journalistic Ethics in the Press, and Dr Ivo Indzhov, media expert. Among the discussants were representatives of the Standing Committee on Media and Civil Society of the Bulgarian Parliament as well as advisors of the Bulgarian President.

The workshop and the project findings were well covered in the Bulgarian media.

Dr Smilov presented the results of the MEDIADEM project and the policy suggestions of the Bulgarian team in the morning news show of the Bulgarian National Television.

The influential Capital weekly devoted an article to the MEDIADEM project and its policy recommendations.

The web-journal Kultura reported on workshop discussions on the topic of state funding for the media and featured featuring interviews with some of the panelists.

The agenda of the workshop is available in Bulgarian and English.

For more information you may contact Ruzha Smilova.