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UK debate about EU media policy - MediaAcT "helps preserve a vibrant and free press"

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.

The MediaAcT research consortium is surprised by the statements made in this article. Our project is an independent and peer-reviewed academic research project financed by the EC’s DG Research since 2010, after undergoing a complex application procedure in 2008/2009. It is the aim of the MediaAcT research project to study and compare infrastructures of media self-regulation across Europe and the Arab world, and survey international journalists’ attitudes towards self-regulation. „To maintain independence and credibility, the news media must ask of itself what it demands of its sources – that is to be accountable and transparent. MediaAcT’s role is to identify some of the best ways to achieve these goals and, in doing so, help preserve a vibrant and free press," says Prof. Dr. Scott Maier from the University of Oregon (USA), advisory board member of the MediaAcT project.

Mike Jempson, MediaAcT’s UK project partner, has published a detailed response to the Sunday Telegraph article today.


Text: MediaAcT; Photo: Janis Brinkmann

MediaAct News – April 16, 2013

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

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