The Independence of the Media and its Regulatory Agencies (Book)

Shedding New Light on Formal and Actual Independence against the National Context

Media independence is vital for media democracies, and so is the independence of the regulatory bodies governing it. The Independence of the Media and its Regulatory Agencies explores the complex relationship between media governance and independence of media regulatory authorities within media systems within Europe, which form part of the wider framework in which media’s independence may flourish or fade. Based on research in more than forty countries, the contributions analyze the independence of regulators from different perspectives and draw links between social, financial, and legal traditions and frameworks.

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Media independence is vital for democracies, and so is the independence of the regulatory bodies governing it.The Independence of the Media and its Regulatory Agencies explores the complex relationship between media governance and independence of media regulatory authorities within Europe, which form part of the wider framework in which media’s independence may flourish or fade. Based on research in more than forty countries, the contributions analyze the independence of regulators and draw links between social, financial, and legal frameworks.

Wolfgang Schulz is professor of law and director of the Hans Bredow Institute at the University of Hamburg.

Peggy Valcke is research professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and teaches media law at the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel.

Kristina Irion is assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and research director in public policy at the Centre for Media and Communications Studies at the Central European University in Budapest.

'Provides a solid survey of European practices and organisations, and how they are changing amidst the media technological revolution'

Communication Booknotes Quarterly, Chris Sterling
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