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Spring 2016 - E-Digest of the activities of the
Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF)

In this Issue : Projects | Training | Upcoming Events | Past Events | External Activities | Focus on
Media Pluralism Monitor

The CMPF published the results of the Media Pluralism Monitor 2015 (MPM2015)

On 30 March 2016 the EUI's Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) published the results of the 2015 implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) in 19 EU countries (MPM2015). The countries monitored were Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. The nine other Member States were assessed in the 2014 report.

The findings of the MPM2014 and MPM2015 implementations, even if based on a pilot-test project, clearly show that no EU Member State is today free from risks to media pluralism, and also that each country faces specific problems or shortcomings, which reflect its media and political landscape”, said Professor Pier Luigi Parcu, Director of the CMPF.

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Media Pluralism Monitor 2016: Assessing the risk in EU and beyond. Application in 30 European countries

In 2016 the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) will implement the Media Pluralism Monitor in all 28 EU Member States and in two Candidate Countries (Montenegro and Turkey).

The European Commission, through an open tender, awarded a grant to the CMPF to conduct the first European-wide monitor of risks for media pluralism. Building on the previous two pilot implementations, the MPM2016 is now a comprehensive, enhanced and finely-tuned instrument. The monitoring method and implementation steps were explained in detail during the kick-off workshop, which was held on 7 March, 2016, in Florence. The Country Teams composed of country-based media experts are now actively collecting data on media pluralism across 30 European countries.     
Further information on the Country Teams may be found at http://monitor.cmpf.eui.eu/mpm2016/country-teams/.


Call for Participants



11-15 July 2016 - EUI Florence


Building on its successful experience in previous years, this year’s Summer School will offer the opportunity to around 20 journalists and media practitioners to learn about the latest policy, market and professional trends in the area, as well as sharing their experiences, ideas and points of view. The Summer School programme is structured around keynote presentations by distinguished experts and then follow-up interactive sessions.

Topics include:

  • Freedom of Expression, Pluralism and the Changing Media: Legal Perspectives
  • Media Economy, Journalism and Pluralism
  • The Social and Political Impact of Journalism
  • Practice Day: Online Investigative Journalism and Social Media Verification
  • Internet Freedom, Digital Journalism, Transnational Investigative Journalism

The application procedure will be open until 27th May, 2016.

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Upcoming Events

21 June 2016, Brussels EU Parliament
Monitoring media pluralism in the EU: risks, opportunities and best practices. (a joint event of the European Parliamentary Research Service and the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom – RSCAS/EUI)


External Activities

7 April, 2016, Brussels Belgium  The CMPF participated at the S&D Seminar: Diversity in Media and Culture versus Convergence?  European Parliament.

22-23 March, 2016, Strasbourg France. – First meeting of the Committee of Experts on Media Pluralism and Transparency of Media Ownership (MSI-MED) of the Council of Europe. The Committee is composed of 13 experts, seven Member States’ representatives and six independent experts, amongst whom was CMPF’s Elda Brogi.

3-4 March, 2016, Cologne Germany - The CMPF participated in the EPP Group’s Bureau Meeting. Elda Brogi presented the MPM in the Panel 'Freedom, pluralism and responsibility of media in the digital era'.

5 January, 2016, Prague Czech Republic - Václav Štětka from Charles University in Prague presented the selected national results of the MPM2015 project to the members of the Committee on Education, Science, Culture, Human Rights and Petitions of the Czech Senate, the Upper Chamber of the Czech Parliament.

15-17 December, 2015, Berlin Germany  -The CMPF participated at the Wrap Up & Strategy Workshop of the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM), a project of Reporters without Borders. Elda Brogi presented the MPM2015’s methodology.

30 November, 2015, Zagreb, Croatia: MPM2015 Croatian team (Paško Bilić, Antonija Petričušić, Ivan Balabanić) presented the background to the project, the methodology for collecting data and assessing risks to media pluralism, as well as  the early results of the 2015 implementation.

27 November, 2015, Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Miriam van der Burg (MPM2015 Dutch team) presented the results of the pilot test implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor 2015 in the Netherlands to a group of stakeholders.

23 November, 2015: Ljubljana, Slovenia: MPM and Regulation - Discussion with Professor Marko Milosavljević (Leader of the MPM2015 Slovenian team).

23 November, 2015: YLE premises, Helsinki, Finland: Media Pluralism in Finland - Seminar organised by the University of Jyväskylä (MPM2015 Finnish team).

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Past Events

Annual Scientific Seminar on Competition and Regulation in Infrastructure and Digital Markets

18-19 March, Florence EUI,

The Florence School of Regulation, Communications & Media, together with the CMPF, organised the Annual Scientific Seminar on Competition and Regulation in Infrastructure and Digital Markets. The topic brought together scholars in the fields of economics and law, as well as practitioners in the field, to consider cutting edge research in electronic communications, internet and media, with the goal of fostering research ideas and informing policy. The keynote speech, entitled “Evaluating Market Consolidation in Mobile Communications” was given by Tommaso Valletti from Imperial College London.

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Media Pluralism Monitor: Impediments to Access to Information in Europe

Impediments to Access to Information in Europe - World Press Freedom Day

This year’s World Press Freedom Day was also marked with the 250th anniversary of the world’s first freedom of information law. Freedom of expression and the right of access to information are fundamental conditions in democratic societies. Access to information is one of the key tools for journalists to watchdog the power holders. Information is one of the main precondition for citizens to constructively participate in public debate and decision-making process.

Democracy requires accountability and ensuring accountability requires access to information. Protection of the right to information is one of the basic indicators within the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM). Recently published results for 2015 show that not all EU countries guarantee right to information fully.

Read more at:http://journalism.cmpf.eui.eu/discussions/world-press-freedom-day-2016/
Reflection on the reform of PSM legislation in Poland

CMPF’s Director, Pier Luigi Parcu, reflected on the adoption of a new law in Poland that places public service media – the public service broadcaster TPV, and Polish public Radio – under direct government control: : Dark Clouds over Pluralism and Freedom of Media in Poland.

Al Jazeera English (The Listening Post) interviewed Elda Brogi (CMPF’s Scientific Coordinator) about the new law on PSM governance in Poland.

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