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Media freedom and independence: Trends and challenges in Europe

07 February 2013, Brussels, Belgium


The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) and the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) are co-organising the final conference of the MEDIADEM research project on ‘Media freedom and independence: Trends and challenges in Europe’. The conference will take place on Thursday, 7 February 2013, in Brussels. It will be hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union. The event will be held in English.

MEDIADEM (European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing and Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems) is a European research project on media policy-making processes in 12 EU Member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and the UK) and two EU candidate countries (Croatia and Turkey). Its purpose is to identify which policy processes, tools and instruments can best support the development of free and independent media, and to formulate policy suggestions addressing state and non-state actors at the national level, as well as the European Union and the Council of Europe.

The aim of the final MEDIADEM conference in Brussels is to present the project’s comparative research findings and to put forward succinct policy recommendations for the development and consolidation of free and independent media in contemporary democratic societies. By bringing together representatives of the broader European media policy community, the media and its professionals and civil society associations active in the media field, the event seeks to support dialogue between the various stakeholders and heighten their awareness of the contribution they can make to media freedom and independence in Europe.