EBU report on parliamentary broadcast services in Europe

The EBU’s Media Intelligence Service recently published a report that offers a comparative overview of parliamentary broadcast services in 40 European countries, available here
The research provides information on how parliaments inform and keep in touch with the citizenry, while also scrutinizing the role that public service media has in broadcasting parliamentary activities. Among others, it examines:
• what kind of parliamentary services exist;
• who operates them;
• what kind of parliamentary programmes are available to European citizens.

The report is available to download in the EBU open publications library open publications library, along with other publicly available MIS documents on various topics, such as the funding, remit, and value of public service media.

Observatorio journal’s latest issue is now available

Observatorio (OBS*) e-journal is a quarterly academic publication in the field of Communication Studies, which accepts and publishes texts written in Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Italian, French and English. Its formula of Open Access allows authors to have the maximum of public exposition of their work, thus it encourages readers and authors to register and submit their work for upcoming issues.  Vol 10 No 1 (2016) is now available to any interested reader, free of charge – simply go to the website http://obs.obercom.pt/index.php/obs and register.

Press Release – European Court of Human Rights

On 2 February 2016, the European Court of Human Rights decided that a self-regulatory body (Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete, MTE) and an Internet news portal (Index.hu Zrt) were not liable for the offensive comments posted by their readers on their respective websites. Anonymous users of MTE and Index.hu Zrt had posted vulgar and offensive online comments on a real estate website, following the  publication  of  an  opinion on MTE and Index.hu Zrt critisising the misleading business practices of two real estate websites. The European Court found that by holding MTE and Index.hu Zrt liable for the comments, the Hungarian courts had violated the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 10 ECHR. Click here to read the Press Release issued by the Registrar of the Court.


EBU’s Digital Radio 2016 report

The Media Intelligence Service of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has just released a report on the status of digital terrestrial radio in Europe. The Digital Radio report highlights the main achievements of the past year for digital radio, pointing out both its strengths and areas that require action. It also includes a specific study on the role of public service media in the roll-out process, as well as some prospects for the year ahead. As a whole, it offers a progress report of the roll-out of digital terrestrial radio in European markets and, when relevant, other digital platforms, helping EBU Members and other stakeholders to plan their digital radio strategies and supporting their advocacy initiatives. Click here

Internet Universality

A document, proposed by UNESCO’s Secretariat, introduces “Internet Universality”, a draft concept that summarizes UNESCO’s positions on the Internet and which also serves as the framework for a current comprehensive study by UNESCO concerning key Internet-related issues. The notion of “Internet Universality” can holistically highlight the continued conditions for progress towards Knowledge Societies and the elaboration of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. The word “Universality” points to four fundamental principles that have been embodied in the broad norms of evolution of the universal dimensions of the Internet. These principles are: (i) that the Internet is human rights-based (ii) open, (iii) accessible to all, and (iv) nurtured by Multi-stakeholder participation. Click here

Internet study

Following Resolution 52 of UNESCO’s 37th General Conference, a comprehensive Internet Study has been finalized within the mandate of UNESCO, examining the areas of 1) Access to knowledge and information, 2) Freedom of Expression, 3) Privacy, and 4) Ethics of the Information Society. Click here