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Merry Christmas from all of us at the CMPF!

The CMPF presents our 2017 end-of-year eDigest recapping the activities of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF). Please continue to follow our updates in the new year. We wish you a merry Christmas and a joyous 2018!


Conference: Democracy, Journalism and Literacy. How to preserve media freedom, pluralism and citizens interests in a post-truth era

Organised by CMPF (the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom) and EAVI (the European Association for Viewers Interests), and hosted by MEPs Barbara Spinelli and Curzio Maltese.

The conference focused on three interrelated topics;

  • The evolving concept of media freedom and media pluralism in the digital media landscape
  • The importance of developing a common understanding and measures to increase media literacy
  • The role of professional journalists in separating facts from fiction and crisis of traditional media economic models and increasingly precarious working conditions of journalists
Read our summary of the event here

CMPF is now part of the Network of Centers

In August 2017 the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom was accepted as an affiliated center at the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers. The Network of Centers, or simply NoC, was launched in 2012 as a collaborative initiative among academic institutions with a focus on interdisciplinary research on the development, social impact, policy implications, and legal issues concerning the Internet. The CMPF brings to the NoC its expertise on media freedom and pluralism and on fundamental rights, both online and offline.

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The CMPF is progressing with the 2017 MPM implementation

The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) for the second year is running the EU-wide implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM). The 2017 MPM also covers the analysis on Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey. After three rounds of implementation (two pilot implementations and one standard application), the CMPF slightly revised the version of the MPM already implemented in 2016, providing minor refinements to the tool and further improving the quality of the questionnaire, trying to recognize an increased role to the online dimension of media pluralism.

Event Report: The Application of the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM2017) in 31 Countires

On November 10, the CMPF hosted the experts of the 31 country teams that contribute to the MPM2017 project . 

Click here to see the programme.

CMPF Summer School 2017

5-9 June, CMPF Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners (sixth edition)

The Summer School programme is structured around keynote presentations by distinguished experts and follow-up interactive sessions. Topics included: legal perspectives on Freedom of Expression, Pluralism and the Changing Media; Media Economy, Journalism and Pluralism; Self-regulation and Ethics. The focus of the Summer School this year was on misinformation and "fake news”.

Find out more about the CMPF Summer School from the video below.
See more videos from the Summer School on our YouTube channel


Justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) strongly condemns and is deeply shocked by the murder of the Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Caruana Galizia was killed on 16 October by a car bomb near her family home. She was an investigative journalist who exposed many cases of corruption and other crimes involving leading Maltese politicians and business people. She led the Panama Papers investigation in Malta. Her blog Running Commentary was one of the most widely read information sources in the country.

Read the full text here.

Report: Media Accessibility Platform

CMPF researcher Alina Ostling spoke at the first conference of the Media Accessibility Platform in Vigo, Spain on 5 -6 October. Alina presented the 2016 Media Pluralism Monitor results on access to media for people with hearing and visual impairments which you can read about here.

Challenges facing the development of Arab investigative journalism

Read media academic Saba Bebawi's piece about the difficulties of funding and political limitations that stifle investigative journalism in Middle Eastern countries. Full text here.



About the CMPF

The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) was established in 2011 and aims to develop innovative and relevant lines of research on media freedom and pluralism, both online and offline, in Europe and beyond, and to provide knowledge support to the international, European and national policy and rulemaking processes.
The CMPF is based in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.
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