Media ownership transparency in Europe: Closing the gap between European aspiration and domestic reality

Rachael Craufurd-Smith, Beata Klimkiewicz, Alina Ostling

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Abstract

This article examines media ownership transparency through the lens of European human rights policy and evaluates media ownership transparency in over 30 European countries based on data returned to the Media Pluralism Monitor. Using this data, we examine the existence and quality of two types of disclosure, ‘upwards’, to public bodies and ‘downwards’, directly to the public, enabling both the monitory and informational functions of ownership transparency to be fulfilled. We conclude that regulation is patchy and variable across Europe and that a coordinated, multi-actor approach is necessary to give effect to internationally recognized standards in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Communication
Early online date9 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • media accountability
  • monitory democracy
  • media pluralism
  • media ownership transparency
  • transparency

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