MEDIADEM project publishes first results

MEDIADEM, a European research project based in part at Edinburgh Law School, has just published its first results on the project website.  The Edinburgh branch of MEDIADEM is led by Dr R. Craufurd Smith.

MEDIADEM, a European research project based in part at Edinburgh Law School, has just published its first results on the project website.  The Edinburgh branch of MEDIADEM is led by Dr R. Craufurd Smith.

The results include a theoretical report, which conceptualises media policy in an increasingly converged and integrated media environment and explores the concepts of media freedom and independence. These concepts form the focus of the MEDIADEM project and are seen as demarcating a distinct area for the study of media policy. In addition, the project has published a comprehensive collective report, discussing media policy and regulation in 14 European countries. The report discusses the configuration of the media landscape in the countries under study, explores the main regulatory instruments used to govern the media, and assesses the implications of the policies conducted for democratic politics. In addition, the report analyses the media-related activities of the European Union and the Council of Europe, focusing on those interventions that are relevant for the protection and promotion of media freedom and independence.

MEDIADEM is a European research project on media policy-making processes in EU member states and candidate countries. Its purpose is to identify which policy tools and instruments can best support the development of free and independent media. It is funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme and it is coordinated by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy. The project started on April 1st, 2010 and will last for three years.

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Academic profile: Dr R. Craufurd Smith