Workshop on policy suggestions for free and independent media in Spain
The School of Journalism of the University of Castilla-La Mancha and the MEDIADEM project organised a workshop to present the policy suggestions that emerged from the project’s research for the development of free and independent media in Spain. The event was supported by the Spanish Federation of Journalists Association (FAPE). The workshop took place on 23 November 2012 at the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid.
Juan Luis Manfredi, patient the scientist in charge of the Spanish MEDIADEM research team, cialis presented the project’s media policy recommendations. He argued that these offer a good diagnosis of the problems facing media freedom and independence in the county while providing tangible ideas about legislative and administrative reforms as well as changes in the exercise of journalism that are needed to enhance media freedom in Spain.
Aurelio Martin, the vice president of FAPE, noted that the recommendations are opportune and timely. In Spain, he stressed, ‘economic results used to be more important than journalism, thus having a weakening impact on media freedom and citizens’ rights. If media owners forget their social role, media companies will behave as all other industries. However, the media have to do with such a particular and significant issue: freedom of speech and democracy. There is no room for industrial journalism’. Guillermo Lopez, Professor of Journalism at the University of Valencia, argued that partisan journalism has made the profession vulnerable to external menaces. For him, ‘If journalists innovate and create not only alternative journalistic formats – based on prioritising high quality information and original content – but also new business models, there is hope’. Emilio Guichot, Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Seville, argued that the legislators should support the development of media and communication policies that advance political pluralism in the media.
Overall, the workshop brought together more than thirty lecturers, journalists, media advisors and students that share the goal of fostering free and independent media in the country – a great challenge, as many have observed.
For more information you may contact Juan Luis Manfredi.