Public service media needed to strengthen pluralism
Two major threats to media freedom exist across Europe today. One is the attempt by state authorities to dominate the media market. The other is the trend towards commercialisation and monopoly. Both these tendencies undermine freedom of expression - and are good reasons for strengthening public service media.
Media pluralism is necessary for the development of informed societies where different voices can be heard. However, in several European countries there is little genuine media freedom and therefore limited space for pluralism. Independent television and radio channels are denied licences, and critical newspapers are prevented from buying newsprint or distributing their papers.
Thomas Hammarberg, European Commissioner for Human Rights
Posted 06/12/11 / Read more here . . . .