Can the public find out who owns the media through free access to the essential information required? In Croatia, it is possible to finds out who owns print, broadcast and online media in Croatia through information reported to: the relevant media authorities; directly to the public; or to corporate /trade registers. Through the various amendments to the Media Law (2011) and the Electronic Media Law (2012), media must disclose enough information for their real owners to be identified right back to the individual, not just to a company. This includes information on the all shareholdings over 1%, disclosure of beneficial
Can the public find out who owns the media through free access to the essential information required? Owners of print, electronic and online media which are registered companies can be identified in Bulgaria but only through cross-referencing the disclosures under the relevant media law with those under the Company Registry Act. None of the laws are, on their own, sufficient to identify ownership; the Mandatory Deposition of Print and other Materials Act, which covers print and online media, does not require the size of shareholdings to be revealed so these need to be found in the Company Register; the Radio
Can the public find out who owns the media through free access to the essential information required? It is not possible to find out who owns the media Azerbaijan through media-specific or company law. Since June 2012, amendments to the Law on the Registration of Legal Entities, on Commercial Secrecy and the Law on Obtaining of Information mean that information about corporate owners and their shareholdings have been declared commercial secrets and deleted from public websites. Even without these amendments, it would not be possible to find out who owns the media since the provisions which regulate both print and
Can the public find out who owns the media through free access to the essential information required? According to the Media Act, as amended in 2011, it is possible to finds out who owns print, online and broadcast media through information reported directly to the public. All media must disclose enough information for their real owners to be identified, including information on all shareholdings, whatever the size, beneficial owners back to a real person and those with indirect interests and control. For periodical media, this should be done annually next to the “imprint” or masthead, for broadcast media it must
Madrid, 1 August 2013 - Research by Access Info Europe and the Open Society Media Program in 20 countries (19 European region plus Morocco) has revealed that the legal framework in most countries is insufficient to guarantee transparency of media ownership. » In only 9 of the 20 countries (including only four of the EU member states surveyed), can the public find out who the actual owners of the broadcast media are from reporting to media regulators or to company registers. » Disclosure to media regulators of beneficial (ultimate) owners of media outlets is not currently required in most of
Madrid, 1 September 2013 – Access Info and the Open Society Media Program would like your input on our draft recommendations for improving the transparency of media ownership in Europe – please fill in this questionnaire – it has 10 questions and takes 8 minutes: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TransparencyMediaOwnership Recommendations: Access Info and the OSMP has developed a set of recommendations which are open for public consultation and will be presented to the European Union, European Parliament, Council of Europe, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as national governments. The recommendations can be downloaded in full here .