May 10, 2013
The Leveson Inquiry in the UK and the recent report of the European Commission's High-Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism have stirred a heated debate among industry representatives, media professionals and policy-makers across Europe: Do we need sharper sanctions to make media self-regulation more effective? The EU- funded research project Media Accountability and Transparency in Europe (MediaAcT) provides new insights to the current debate on the final conference on June 6 in Brussels.
April 21, 2013
In an international comparison, Germany's media workers bring up the rear when it comes to promoting a culture of criticism in their newsrooms. More than one-third of the questioned German journalists never or hardly ever criticize their peers; two-thirds are never or hardly ever criticized even by their supervisors. Conclusion: Although German journalists regularly attack politicians and managers, they lack the experience of turning a critical view on themselves.
April 16, 2013
In the past days, some UK newspapers have ignited a discussion about European media policy. For example, Andrew Gilligan from the Sunday Telegraph writes that the European Commission is "seeking new national and Europe-wide regulatory powers over journalists". He argues that Brussels is pursuing "at least five concerted and coordinated initiatives" in order to "increase its powers over the media dramatically" and says the MediaAcT research project is one of them.
April 16, 2013
The Erich Brost Institute for international journalism, TU Dortmund University, presents the results of a representative survey on Thursday, April 18, 2013, 11 - 12.30 am in the Evangelische Journalistenschule Berlin, Jebensstr. 3, 10623 Berlin (S-Bahn Bhf. Zoo). The presentation is followed by a discussion with Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, Lutz Tillmanns, Stefan Niggemeier, Anton Sahlender and Dr. Thomas Schiller (Chair).
MediaAcT is a comparative research project on media accountability systems in EU member states as indicators for media pluralism in Europe.