Media Ownership Transparency

5 May 2015

Propiedad de los Medios de Comunicación: Necesidad de Estándares de Transparencia

2018-11-13T10:05:10+00:00

This article was originally published in Artículo XIII - Informe Estatal de los Medios de Comunicación. El Problema de la propiedad de los medios en Europa En Europa, informar a los reguladores mediáticos sobre quién es el verdadero propietario de un medio de comunicación no está considerado como un requisito en la mayoría de los países. Esta conclusión se desprende de un exhaustivo análisis llevado a cabo por Access Info Europe y el Programa de Open Society para un Periodismo Independiente en torno al estado de la legislación europea en esta materia y su puesta en práctica. Dicha investigación se

Propiedad de los Medios de Comunicación: Necesidad de Estándares de Transparencia2018-11-13T10:05:10+00:00
29 Apr 2015

Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Expression called to endorse Transparency of Media Ownership

2018-11-13T09:46:32+00:00

Madrid/Brussels, 29 April 2015 – To mark World Press Freedom Day (3 May 2015), Access Info Europe, the European Federations of Journalists, and the International Federation of Journalists have called on the five Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Expression[1] to endorse the Ten Recommendations on Transparency of Media Ownership[2]. The recommendations, developed during three years of research by Access Info and the Open Society Program on Independent Journalism, have already been endorsed by 78 civil society organisations, media outlets, and journalists. The ten recommendations include: 1. Disclosure of essential basic information 2. Information is findable and free 3. Information is

Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Expression called to endorse Transparency of Media Ownership2018-11-13T09:46:32+00:00
4 Mar 2015

Join the Campaign for Transparency of Media Ownership

2018-11-13T10:05:52+00:00

» In only 2 out of 20 countries analysed is it possible to know who really owns the media. » In 10 out of 20 countries not even the media regulators know who really owns the print media and for online media this figure drops to 6. Madrid, 4 March 2014 – Today Access Info Europe is opening for signature the Ten Recommendations on Transparency of Media Ownership. We are seeking endorsements from all civil society organisations, media freedom and journalists groups who wish to see greater availability of information about who really owns the media. The Ten Recommendations on

Join the Campaign for Transparency of Media Ownership2018-11-13T10:05:52+00:00
17 Feb 2015

Transparency of Media Ownership FAQs

2018-11-13T10:11:25+00:00

If we do not know who the owners of media companies are, it is impossible to take steps to address excessive media concentrations and conflicts of interest. For example, prior to amendments in the law requiring disclosure of media ownership in 2011, the leading national broadcasters in Georgia were seen as mouthpieces of government and their real owners were hidden behind offshore companies. In Croatia, the process of privatising the print media from 2000 onwards was rife with corruption scandals with the real ownership structure of the media often hidden behind secret contracts and far-reaching informal agreements involving high-profile

Transparency of Media Ownership FAQs2018-11-13T10:11:25+00:00
11 Feb 2015

Who Owns the Media? Sometimes No One Knows

2018-11-13T10:11:26+00:00

This post was originally published in the Open Society Foundations website. London, 11 February 2015 - Southeastern Europe suffers from some of the world’s least transparent media ownership. In a Mapping Digital Media (MDM) report on Macedonia in 2012, Roberto Belicanec and Zoran Ricliev wrote that "there are no formal or legal requirements for media, other than broadcasters, to disclose any data on ownership, turnover, or any other publicly relevant matter." As if to prove the point, two years later, in the summer of 2014, journalists traced the real ownership of Kurir.mk, an influential Macedonian news portal, back to the

Who Owns the Media? Sometimes No One Knows2018-11-13T10:11:26+00:00
31 Oct 2014

Report on Transparency of Media Ownership by Leading Media Policy Expert

2018-11-13T10:11:38+00:00

Madrid, 31 October 2014 - The 10 Recommendations for Transparency of Media Ownership (TMO) are currently "the most refined checklist of relevant criteria on TMO and the ideal starting point to discuss action points," according to a background report written for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The report by Peggy Valcke, one of the leading experts in media policy in Europe, states media ownership transparency as an essential prerequisite for the proper functioning of democracies. You can read a copy of the background report here  

Report on Transparency of Media Ownership by Leading Media Policy Expert2018-11-13T10:11:38+00:00
3 Oct 2014

Report on Transparency of Media Ownership

2018-11-13T10:11:41+00:00

Madrid, 3 October 2014 - Citizens are unable to establish who owns or controls the media operating in their country because of none or limited media specific or general disclosure provisions, accroding to one of the key findings of a report on The Transparency of Media Ownership in the European Union and Neighbouring States. The report is based on a survey of media ownership transparency rules in 20 European Union (EU) and neighbouring states carried out by Access Info Europe and commissioned by the Open Society Media Program. The survey has been designed to inform current debates about the roles

Report on Transparency of Media Ownership2018-11-13T10:11:41+00:00
20 Feb 2014

Country case study: United Kingdom

2018-11-13T10:12:10+00:00

Is media ownership transparent? In law YES FOR BROADCAST MEDIA ONLY In practice NO IN LAW Under the Broadcasting Act 1990 and Communications Act 2003 it is possible to find out who owns the broadcast media through information reported to media authority, the Office for Communications (Ofcom). The law does not state what information should be disclosed but leaves it to the discretion of Ofcom to request all the information it deems necessary. In practice this may include information on the size of shareholdings, beneficial owners and those with indirect interests and control if Ofcom requests such information. These requirements

Country case study: United Kingdom2018-11-13T10:12:10+00:00
19 Feb 2014

Country case study: Norway

2018-11-13T10:12:10+00:00

Is media ownership transparent? In law YES In practice NO IN LAW According to the law, it is possible to finds out who owns print, broadcast and online media in Norway through information reported to the Norwegian Media Authority. Under the 1997 Media Ownership Act, on the request of the Norwegian Media Authority, all media must report sufficient information for their owners to be identified. It should be noted that, in common with Luxembourg and the UK, the Norwegian law does not specific exactly what information should be reported but rather relies on the media authority to request of the

Country case study: Norway2018-11-13T10:12:10+00:00
18 Feb 2014

Country case study: Georgia

2018-11-13T10:12:10+00:00

Is media ownership transparent? In law YES FOR BROADCAST MEDIA ONLY In practice NO IN LAW According to the law, it is possible to finds out who owns broadcast media only in Georgia through information reported to the media authority, Georgian National Communications Council (GNCC), and directly to the public. As a result of amendments to the Law on Broadcasting in 2011, broadcast media must disclose enough information for their real owners to be identified. This includes information on the size of shareholdings, beneficial owners and those with indirect interests and control. Ownership of broadcast media by offshore companies was

Country case study: Georgia2018-11-13T10:12:10+00:00