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Season's Greetings from all of us at the CMPF!

The CMPF presents our 2018 end-of-year eDigest recapping the activities of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF). We wish you a happy and fulfilling new year in 2019 and a big thank you to all for your continued support and interest in our activities.


CMPF Conference in Brussels: Monitoring Media Pluralism in Europe – Between Old Risks and New Threats, 7 December 2018

Following the publication of the 2017 Media Pluralism Monitor the CMPF held a major conference in Brussels to discuss the results and reflect on the potential for including digital-related indicators in future implementations of the monitor.

Read our summary of the event here

MPM 2020: Monitoring media pluralism in the digital era

The CMPF is pleased to announce that the European Union is co-funding the new Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM2020). The new project will involve measuring media pluralism and freedom in the EU28 plus two candidate countries. CMPF will carry out a comprehensive study on the conditions and standards against which to assess risks to information pluralism online. Based on the study, the CMPF will update the existing MPM tool with a set of new variables, in line with the present four main areas of assessment (Basic Protection, Market Plurality, Political Independence and Social Inclusiveness) to provide a holistic and cross-country comparative assessment of the state of play of media pluralism both online and offline, being also able to “extract” a specific score on the risks for pluralism in the online environment.

The Results of the 2017 Media Pluralism Monitor are Out

In 2017, the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) has examined 28 European Union Member States as well as three Candidate Countries: Turkey, and for the first time Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM). The results of this second EU-wide implementation of the MPM show either general stagnation or deterioration in all of the four major areas encompassed by the MPM: Basic protection, Market plurality, Political independence and Social inclusiveness, and they confirm that no country analysed is free from risks to media pluralism. Download the country reports and the comparative report here.

The CMPF Requires Two Full-Time Research Assistants

There are two new vacancies open for Research Assistants to join us at our office in Florence in 2019. The successful candidates will provide assistance in the research and implementation of the new Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM2020).

The positions to be filled include;
The deadline for applications is 21 January 2018.

Click the links above to read position descriptions and for information on how to apply.

See also the vacancy notices on the EUI website.


CMPF Summer School 2018

From June 11-15 the CMPF hosted 25 journalists from all over Europe and beyond for a week of seminars, discussions, networking and practice. We were joined by a host of speakers with expertise in the field of journalism and media policy.  

The focus of the 2018 Summer Schoool was Journalism in the Era of Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence.

Read more about the presenters and topics of the Summer School here.

See our YouTube playlist of video interviews here

Video: Reasons Why You Should Attend the CMPF Summer School for Journalists

Discussion Series Posts

The CMPF website also hosts a “Media Policy and Journalism: Discussion Series”, originally created within the EU-funded “Strengthening Journalism in Europe: Tools, Network, Training” project. The series aims to enhance debate and discussion on policy issues related to media policy and journalism, journalism, to raise awareness of violations to media freedom and pluralism, and to exchange best practices for journalists. It collects blog post submission by academics, journalists, media practitioners and professionals, civil society actors, policy makers. 

External Activities

Media, Freedom of Speech, and Democracy: Contemporary Conflicts and Tensions in the EU and Beyond, Israel (18-19 November 2018)

ECREA’s 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) “Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation”, Switzerland (1 November 2018)

Audiovisual Regulation in a Democratic Society, Spain (22 October 2018)

1st Istanbul Privacy Symposium: data protection and innovation. Turkey (11-12 October 2018)

ERGA Subgroup “Internal and External Plurality, France (6 September 2018)

Rule of Law and Safety of Journalists – Hearing at the European Parliament, Belgium (11 July 2018)

Upholding the freedom of expression, including media freedom, in the EU and beyond, Czech Republic (15 June 2018)

Legal Trajectories of Neoliberalism: Critical Inquiries on Law in Europe, Italy (4 June 2018)

International Seminar: The Right to Freedom of Expression and Information, Spain (25 May 2018)

●    Technical Consultation on UNESCO’s Monitoring of Safety of Journalists, France (24 May 2018)

●    Thematic Session on Data Protection Organised by the Brazilian Federal Senate, Brazil (17 April 2018)

●    Media Pluralism Monitor at the University of Perugia, Scienze della Comunicazione, Italy (13 April 2018)

●   The Turn to Artificial Intelligence in Governing Communication Online, Germany (20 March 2018)

●   Political and Institutional Communication Workshop 2018, Italy (13 March 2018)

●   Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital ageCouncil of Europe, France (8-9 March 2018)

●   Fact or Fake? Tools & Practices to Fight Disinformation, Belgium (26 February 2018)

●   Conference: Free European Media, Poland (15-16 February 2018)

●  The State of Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights in the EU, Belgium (9 January 2018)

CMPF Events

Responding to an evolving communications environment. Towards a new Tuscan regional law on communication, information and discipline of Corecom, Florence, 29 June 2018 (co-organised with CORECOM, the Regional Communications Committee of Tuscany)

Data Access Initiative Workshop, Florence, 25 June 2018 (In cooperation with the Media Policy Lab of the media authority Berlin-Brandenburg - mabb)

CMPF’s 2018 Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners: Journalism in the era of algorithms and artificial intelligence, Florence, 11-15 June 2018

Seminar: Self-Regulation in the Media Sector, from visiting Scholar Hugo Aznar, Florence, 6 April 2018

Conference: Media Pluralism Monitor 2017: Preliminary Results for Malta, Florence, 9 March 2018


Upcoming Events

On 21 March 2019 we look forward to the Annual Scientific Seminar on Media and the Digital Economy.

The Florence School of Regulation Communications & Media (FSR C&M), Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom (CMPF) and Florence Competition Programme (FCP) organise jointly the Annual Scientific Seminar on Media and the Digital Economy.

Since its first edition, the Seminar (formerly known as the Annual Scientific Seminar on The Economics, Law and Policy of Communications and Media), has brought together a great number of scholars from all over the world and featured many prominent keynote speakers in the fields of social sciences, economics, law and media and other practitioners.

Click here to find out more about the event and submit to our call for papers.


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, directed by Professor Pier Luigi Parcu, is based in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.
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