MEDIADEM - European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing & Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems – University of Copenhagen

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MEDIADEM

[Completed project]

European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing & Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems


PURPOSE: to understand what constitutes ‘the media’ in today’s complex media environment, as well as the nature of media freedom and independence and its importance for democracy. The project will develop concrete policy recommendations for state and non-state actors, the European Union and the Council of Europe, regarding the development of policies that foster media freedom and independence.

METHOD: the project explores the dynamics of media policy-making through a variety of methods and uses existing literature, policy documents, historical reports, etc. A central element is qualitative interviews with key stakeholders in the media policy process (e.g. representatives from media businesses and business organizations, spokesmen from political parties and representatives from audience organizations and NGOs).

PARTICIPANTS: the project is a joint interdisciplinary effort of a team of 14 research groups from different European countries. The project is coordinated by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy. The Danish research team is headed by Associate Professor Henrik Søndergaard from the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen. Assistant Professor Rasmus Helles from CCC is a member of the Danish team.

FUNDING: the project is funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme.

CONTACT: Associate Professor Rasmus Helles, rashel@hum.ku.dk, tel. +45 35329187
 
FURTHER READING: learn more about MEDIADEM at the project website or download the Danish case study report (2011).