MDCEE & MEDIADEM Projects joint event

MDCEE & MEDIADEM Projects joint event – 15 November 2012

Joint dissemination event of project work

On 15th November 2012, MDCEE and the MEDIADEM project organised a joint workshop in order to share their research findings. MEDIADEM (‘European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing & Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems’) is a European research project, aimed at examining the factors that promote or hinder policy development for media freedom and independence

The workshop took place at the European Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College, in Oxford, UK.

The morning section was devoted to the MEDIADEM project, with presentations by MEDIADEM researchers introduced the MDCEE group to MEDIADEM’s work, and presented key project results. Ioana Avădani highlighted the main findings of the project’s comparative analysis concerning the relationship between politics and the media in Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Romania and Slovakia. Evangelia Psychogiopoulou and Rachael Craufurd-Smith focused on public service media (PSM) and discussed key features reflective of their political independence (i.e. management and supervision structures, financing and remit). Tony Prosser reported on the findings of the comparative report, ‘The regulatory quest for free and independent media’,, centring on the various forms of media regulation currently in place in the fourteen MEDIADEM countries. Rachael Craufurd-Smith finally offered an overview of the main constraints or threats to the operation of free and independent media in the countries under study.

MDCEE presented the afternoon session with presentations from the project’s Senior Fellows and Visitors. Péter Bajomi-Lázár presented the findings of field research concerning patterns of party colonisation of the media in Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovenia. Auksė Balčytienė talked about media use and the developments surrounding the media industry in the Baltic countries. The role of the state in the Central and Eastern European region in relation to the switchover to digital terrestrial television was the focus of the presentation of Václav Štětka. The final presentation was that of Ainius Lašas on the relationship between party dynamics and media freedom in Central and Eastern Europe.

The meeting provided an excellent opportunity for researchers to get feedback on their work and reflect upon the contribution of the two projects to the promotion of media freedom.

The full abstracts of the presentations given are available here.