Ireland has one of the most concentrated media markets of any democracy, finds the Report on the Concentration of Media Ownership in Ireland by Doughty Street Chambers and KRW LLP, comissioned by Lynn Boylan MEP Oct 2016.
Accumulation of what has been described as “communicative power” within the news markets is at endemic levels, and this, combined with the dominance of one private individual media owner in the State, creates what the Media Reform Coalition has described as “conditions in which wealthy individuals and organisations can amass huge political and economic power and distort the media landscape to suit their interests and personal views. The CMPF report concluded that a lack of specific legal barriers to concentrated media ownership has placed Ireland at the highest risk level, in their assessment of threats to media pluralism. Particular concern was expressed about INM and its largest shareholder.
Find the report here:
Report on the Concentration of Media Ownership in Ireland by Doughty Street Chambers and KRW LLP comissioned by Lynn Boylan MEP Oct 2016 [pdf, 4,1MB]