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Autumn 2015 E-Digest of the activities of the
Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF)

In this Issue : Projects | Open Calls | Past Events | Upcoming Events | External Activities
Media Pluralism Monitor 2015

MPM2015 Final phase

The second pilot test implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor is in its final phase. Following the central verification of data by the CMPF team and several rounds of revisions done in collaboration with local teams, the data collection has been closed in September 2015. In addition, a sample of answers and evaluations provided by local teams has been reviewed by a group of experts from each country. The purpose of this review was to ensure objectivity of measurement of more sensitive indicators.
Based on the findings of the second pilot test implementation, each local team has written a country narrative report which summarizes the results of the MPM2015 implementation in their respective country. These reports will be included in the final report about the second pilot test implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor, which will be published in December 2015. Results will be communicated to the public and interested stakeholders at the project’s final conference which will take place in Florence on November 6th.

More info at: http://monitor.cmpf.eui.eu/

 

Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Independence of National Regulatory Authorities in the Media Sector

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Submissions should address novel research on the question of Independence of National Regulatory Authorities in the media sector

Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom/RSC Working Paper Series: ‘Freedom and Pluralism of the Media, Society and Markets’

The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) - European University Institute (EUI) is inviting submissions for its working paper series entitled 'Freedom and Pluralism of the Media, Society and Markets'.
Submissions should address novel research on the question of Independence of National Regulatory Authorities, from any relevant discipline (e.g. law, economy, political science, media studies etc.). Papers focusing on the issue of measuring de facto independence of media authorities, or on the relationship between the European Commission and national authorities, relevant EU Directives and other supranational standards are particularly welcome. Some potential questions we are looking to address on the question of independence include, but are not restricted to:

  1. Independence of decision-makers

How to guarantee autonomous decision-making: best practices in constitutional or legal guarantees of independence from political or commercial interference? How to measure the independence of the practice of regulatory agencies and their decision-makers? Variety in appointment procedures and rules on incompatibility and eligibility? Adequate financial and human resources and capacity of authorities to recruit and retain staff of high calibre? Terms of office and ‘cooling off’ periods for head and members of decision-making body?

  1. Powers and effectiveness

How to determine whether a budget is adequate to safeguard independence and/or protect it from coercive budgetary pressures and to perform its functions? Which procedures for the allocation of budgetary resources are best for guaranteeing independence? Which sanctioning powers do/should media authorities have to enable them to be sufficiently autonomous? Differences in appeal mechanisms and best practices for guaranteeing independence – which model of review is more appropriate/effective?

  1. Transparency and accountability

What should be the transparency requirements for media authorities in their decision-making? Transparency in nomination and appointment rules? Best practices in transparent and impartial dismissal rules? Who are/should authorities be accountable to? Variety in procedures for auditing the regulator and reporting obligations to Parliament?

Selected papers are published both in paper and in digital copy on the EUI Repository webpage.


Papers must be submitted by 1st December 2015 to: cmpf@eui.eu

In order to discuss further the fit of your paper in the working paper series, or if you have any further inquiries, please contact the Centre at: cmpf@eui.eu

Past Events

Seminar: Transnational Due Process and Freedom of Expression

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25 September 2015, Florence EUI

The CMPF organized the event ‘Transnational Due Process and Freedom of Expression’ in collaboration with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the Internet & Jurisdiction Project. The workshop which took place at the European University Institute was the final event of a two-days' seminar during which current and former Special Rapporteurs for Freedom of Expression from different regions discussed the challenge of implementing due process across borders for Internet-related issues and the possible normative components of a transnational framework to do so.
List of speakers:
Sylvie Coudray, Communication and Information Sector- UNESCO;
Rafendi Djamin, Representative of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights;
Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of the Media of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR);
Frank La Rue, RFK and Former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression;
Dunja Mijatović, Representative on Freedom of the Media- Organization for Security  and Cooperation in Europe OSCE;
Bertrand de La Chapelle, Internet & Jurisdiction Project.
Pier Luigi Parcu, CMPF.

The video of the event is available here.


Seminar: "Measurement and Monitoring of Media Pluralism in a Digital World"

14 September 2015, London UK

The CMPF participated in the seminar titled ‘Measurement and Monitoring of Media Pluralism in a Digital World’ organized by the LSE Media Policy Project. During the seminar the CMPF’s Director Pier Luigi Parcu presented the Media Pluralism Monitor 2015 with particular emphasis on the MPM indicators designed to capture risks for media pluralism in the digital setting. British media regulator OFCOM (Office of Communications) representatives presented their Media Plurality Measurement Framework, and in the discussion which followed, various stakeholders exchanged views on different methods of measuring media pluralism in a digital world.

Upcoming Events

5 November 2015, Florence ItalyMPM2015 workshop with local teams which carried out the second pilot test implementation.

6 November 2015, Florence ItalyMPM2015 Final conference. Measuring Media Pluralism: Implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor 2015 and beyond.

External Activities

13-14 October 2015, Strasbourg France – The CMPF participated in the Council of Europe Conference on Freedom of Expression, Elda Brogi has been the rapporteur of the Session " Strengthening our commitment to freedom of expression in all contexts: Policies - Actions - Tools".

9 September 2015, Bratislava Slovakia – The CMPF partecipated at the seminar 'Pluralita Médií na Slovensku' organized by Bratislava’s School of Communication and Media. Maja Šimunjak discussed the implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor in Slovakia with local stakeholders.

20 November 2015, Oslo Norway – The CMPF will partecipate at the European Symposium on Media Policy. Maja Šimunjak will present the results of the MPM2015.

10th December 2015, Padova Italy – The CMPF will partecipate at the conference "'Digital Literacy: Policies, research and good practices"'. Alina Ostling will present the results of the MPM2015.

 

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