Numerous positive reviews on first MediaAcT publication

MediaAcT's first book publication "Mapping Media Accountability - in Europe and Beyond" has received numerous positive reviews. The leading scientific journal Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft (M&K) emphasizes the importance of the publication: "This book is a must-have for all researchers engaged in media accountability. It is the only up-to-date publication which gives a systematic overview of the current media accountability instruments" and therefore is an "excellent basis for further scientific research".

"The book is of great value, it complements other comparative studies in the field of media law and media regulation", underlines the journal Medienwissenschaft (1/2012), also highlighting the fact that the new publication "helps to focus on the actual quality of different media cultures" and gives "valuable insight".

The monthly-published journal message (04/2011) especially applauds the "concise introduction" of the MediaAcT publication: "It is exciting to see all the diverse European journalism cultures and their level of organisation."

M&K emphasizes that – apart from researchers – also "journalists, media politicians, and regulators may read the book with great benefit". According to M&K, the reports about media accountability practices in 14 countries provide interested observers with fresh ideas for new media accountability initiatives in one’s own country. "One can already be interested in getting to see further research results of the EU-sponsored project Media Accountability and Transparency in Europe", M&K concludes. The journal Medienwissenschaften similarly looks forward to MediaAcT’s future research results: "It will be exciting".

About the Book:

The MediaAcT project's first book publication "Mapping Media Accountability - in Europe and Beyond" provides pioneer work in analyzing the development of established and emerging media accountability instruments in 14 countries in Eastern and Western Europe as well as the Arab world. Besides separate country reports on the status quo of media accountability research in the journalism cultures that are covered by the MediaAcT consortium, the volume offers an introduction into the project's theoretical foundations and a first cross-cultural assessment of current trends in media self-regulation and accountability. Looked at from a comparative point of view, the reports hint at the formation of different cultures of media accountability within Europe and its adjacent countries. The book was edited by the consortium members Tobias Eberwein, Susanne Fengler, Epp Lauk and Tanja Leppik-Bork.


Tobias Eberwein / Susanne Fengler / Epp Lauk / Tanja Leppik-Bork (Hrsg.): Mapping Media Accountability – in Europe and Beyond. Köln: Herbert von Halem Verlag 2011, 267 Pages, 29,00 Euro

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Text: Andreas Sträter

MediaAct News – September 07, 2012


About MediaAcT

MediaAcT is a comparative research project on media accountability systems in EU member states as indicators for media pluralism in Europe.


Funded by the EC

Project funded under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanties


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