Media

Description

The question assessed here is whether the freedom of the media are limited by the proposed policy-option. This question should be directly assessable from the proposal, specifying explicitly how the rights of the media are changed by the proposed option.
A very detailed set of questions that might be helpful in assessing whether a policy-option affects some aspect of media freedom is provided in the Methodology-Section of Freedom's House's Freedom of the Press report (also see "Other Sources of Information" below): http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=350&ana_page=368&year=2010 (last accessed 01/07/2011)

Guiding Question

Does the option affect the media, media pluralism and freedom of expression?

Relevant Policies

Article 11 of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights guarantees the freedom of expression and the freedom and pluralism of the media (available online at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2010:083:0389:0403:EN:PDF (last accessed 30/06/2011):
Article 11 - Freedom of expression and information
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.
2. The freedom and pluralism of the media shall be respected."
The EC's Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) regulates the single European TV market (last accessed 08/07/2011): http://ec.europa.eu/avpolicy/reg/tvwf/index_en.htm.
Information on the EC's work related to media pluralism can be found here (last accessed, 08/07/2011): http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/media_taskforce/pluralism/index_en.htm.
Other relevant legislation:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/dossier/dossier_24.htm

Please link to relevant Directorate General Contact Details.

Web Resources

Further Sources of Data

Please link to other sources of data, e.g. important reports, annual reports etc. 

Further Sources of Information

The EU provides information on media pluralism on the following official page (last accessed, 08/07/2011):
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/media_taskforce/pluralism/index_en.htm
The annual "Freedom of the Press" report from Freedom House quantitatively summarizes expert assessments about the state of media freedom around the world (last accessed 01/07/2011):  http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=16&year=0

Indicators

Eurostat indicators

Other indicators

To the best of the LIAISE team's knowledge, there are no indicators in the Eurostat database or in any other authoritative publicly available databases that are directly related to this key question. Users are invited to contribute their own knowledge to this topic by contacting the LIAISE toolbox team.