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Heikki Heikkilä

Media accountability and media freedom

Media accountability is back on the political and academic agenda. How can we ensure a free and responsible press across Europe? This question is being debated among journalists, industry representatives, media policy-makers and scholars across Europe, especially in the aftermath of the Leveson Inquiry and the 2013 report of the EU High-Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism.

The presentation will provide an up-to-date overview on the status quo of media accountability in all EU countries and some key countries close to Europe: Does the traditional model of media self-regulation dating back to post-war times, with press councils as its core institution, still suffice for today’s converging media world – which is so much more competitive? Can the new accountability instruments emerging online – like newsroom blogs, online ombudsmen and media criticism on the social web – successfully support, or even replace, these traditional instruments of media self-regulation? And are participative models of media accountability a potential alternative to co-regulation models foreseeing a greater role for the state, as discussed by media policy scholars in past years?



Hekki Hekkilä  is Senior researcher and Acting Professor, School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere



Sidansvarig: Christine Forssell|Sidan uppdaterades: 2015-09-30

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