Ofcom Community Radio Consultation: until 22nd of December

Ofcom, the UK radio regulator, is currently consulting on the future licensing and technical policy for the Community Radio sector.  The consultation, which closes on the 22nd of December, will look at how future rounds of licensing will be conducted and will examine how best to use additional frequency resources as they become available as some larger services have migrated to digital only delivery.  Next year, the regulator also plans to examine options for the further roll-out of additional small-scale DAB multiplexes providing suitable coverage for community radio services.  Details of the current consultation can be found at:

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/cr-future-licensing

European media against hate speech – Project launch

CMFE will partner with leading European media organisations in a new project focusing on hate speech and on ways to tackle it through ethical journalism practices and accountable media reporting. Together with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Article19, COMMIT, COSPE, Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), CMFE will organise training workshops for individual journalists, journalists’ organisations, media organisations, CSOs, community media and media regulators to counter discrimination and hate speech.
We look forward to presenting the project at the CMFE General Assembly on Oct. 24 in Halle!

Media pluralism and transparency of media ownership – Strasbourg

COE_Logo_Quadri_1_CMFE is again present at the September meeting of the Committee of experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership, which is a subcommittee of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (Council of Europe, Strasbourg). Board member Lyacout Haicheur, in coordination with several experts and members of the board, acts there on behalf of CMFE and Community Media.

“European Citizenship in Challenging Times” – strengthening community media as a solution

IMG_9855[1]Gabriella Velics, vice-president of CMFE, reports from Barcelona (31 May – 1 June 2016):
“European Citizenship in Challenging Times” was a two days conference organised by the European Commission, in partnership with EUROM, Solidarity Foundation, the University of Barcelona, under the “Europe for Citizens” programme 2014-2020.
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Tools in Cohesion Policy: EP motion adopted

The CoEP_logo_graummittee of regioanl Development of the European Parliament has adopted a motion on new territorial development tools in cohesion policy 2014-2020: Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) and Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) (Rapporteur: Ruža Tomašić). While media is not explicitely mentioned, Continue reading

Council of Europe: Recommendations adopted

COE_Logo_Quadri_1_The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted two important recommendations to better protect human rights and notably freedom of expression online and off line in April aimed to ensure the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists in its 47 member states: Internet freedom and Better protection for journalists and other media actors
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Public Service News and Digital Media (Reuters Institute)

EPRA points to a new report by the Reuters Institute , dealing with Public Service News and Digital Media. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford has published a new comparative report entitled “Public Service News and Digital Media” on 29 March 2016. The new report authored by Annika Sehl, Alessio Cornia and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen looks at key public service organisations in six countries (Italy, Poland, the UK, France, Germany and Finland) and documents how they are adapting their newsrooms and strategies to a fast-evolving digital media environment. Continue reading

Spain: Expert Advisory Board on Information and Communication Rights includes Third sector

The Spanish political party Podemos has created an Expert Advisory Board on Information and Communication Rights. Miriam Meda is there to ensure the presence and visibility of the Third Media Sector, along with former members of EPRA, public media, Owen Jones, Armand Mattelart, Beth Costa (International Federation of Journalists…)….
CMFE considers this an important development and great news that a party with increasing popularity is taking media seriously and acknowledging the importance of the community media sector!
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Monitoring Media Pluralism in Europe – Testing and Implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor 2014

MPM-homeSlideIn 2013, the European Parliament earmarked a budget for a pilot implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM).  This tool was initially developed by a consortium lead by the KUL University.  The European Commission awarded subsequently a grant to the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) at the European University Institute, to update, simplify and conduct a pilot-test implementation of the MPM. The CMPF policy report is available here.

Please find the latest resources including a historical overview and recent reports here: http://monitor.cmpf.eui.eu/