The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom is a project co-financed by the European Union. This initiative is a further step in the European Commission’s on-going effort to improve the protection of media pluralism and media freedom in Europe and to establish what actions need to be taken at European or national levels to foster these objectives. The Centre is headed by Professor Pier Luigi Parcu and its residential team is composed of experts in the following areas: legal studies, new media policies, media markets and economics, political science and political communications. It is also supported by a Group of Experts.
The aim of the EUI Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom is to enhance the awareness of the importance of freedom and pluralism of the media, to contribute to its protection and promotion and to develop new ideas among academics, policy makers, regulators, market stakeholders, journalists, and all other directly involved professionals who take part in the public debate.
The Centre carries out four specific activities:
- Dissemination of results and outcomes
These activities are structured through conferences and seminars held by high-profile academics recruited within and outside the EUI; the institution of an Observatory on Media Pluralism; the publication of working papers, policy studies and reports; and the hosting of a one-week summer school for about 30 journalists and media practitioners.
Each interdisciplinary activity approaches freedom and pluralism of the media from a number of key thematic perspectives, the most relevant being:
- Freedom of expression and the right to information in Europe: national, EU and international legal frameworks, case-law and practices.
- Diversity of content and information sources.
- Impact of new technologies, new media and new business models on media freedom and journalistic activities on the one side and on pluralism, governance and competition on the other.
- Media accountability, ethics and trust in journalism including news media professionals’ rights and quality journalism.
- Governance of publishing and journalistic activities, including codes of conduct for journalists.
- Media markets structure and the economics of media pluralism.
- Role and governance of media public services.
- Institutional organization of media policy and rule-making.
- Global dimension of media pluralism.
- Media, politics and the democratic process.