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Title: Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)2 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on media pluralism and diversity of media content
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Publisher: Council of Europe
Files: CMRec(2007)2E.doc
Abstract: This recommendation, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 31 January 2007 at the 985th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, sets out a range of recommended measures to promote the structural pluralism of the media (to ensure that a sufficient variety of media outlets is provided by a range of private and public owners), as well as content diversity (to ensure that a sufficient variety of information, opinions and programmes is disseminated by the media). The measures promoting structural media pluralism cover the regulation of media ownership, for example to limit the influence which a single person, company or group may have in one or more media sectors; the role of public service media, including in the digital environment - for example in promoting social cohesion and representing all social and minority groups; access regulation, to ensure that content providers have fair access to electronic communication networks; and interoperability and the use of open standards. The measures promoting content diversity are in part intended to encourage the media to contribute to wider democratic participation and intercultural dialogue, and in part concern the allocation of broadcasting licences and must carry/must offer rules, as well as possible support measures for the creation, production and distribution of diverse media contents. Separate sections of recommended measures concern media transparency and scientific research in the field of media concentration and pluralism.
Publication/ adoption date: 2007-01-31
Language: English