2000 - 2003 IPF Fellow
2002 - 2003: European Union accession and media freedom in Central and Eastern Europe
The goals of the project are to analyze the current European Commission requirements for enlargement regarding media; organize a seminar on CEE media freedom at the European University Institute with alumni and current media policy fellows; propose a refined list of necessary EU criteria regarding media to be included among the requirements for enlargement; contribute to ongoing research on the monitoring and development of media in CEE by focusing on non-legal aspects of the process from the EU perspective (e.g. economic and political pressure on the media, journalistic professionalism, ethics, etc.); summarize and define necessary preconditions of democratic media for the accession countries; and write a research and policy paper for the European Commission and media monitoring groups.
2000 - 2001: Media development and democracy assistance in the post-conflict Balkans: The difficult birth of the fourth estate
The objectives of the research are to address the issue of how donors and managers of international democracy assistance programs can contribute most effectively to the democratization of media systems, examine which tools (e.g., unbridled pluralization of the private media sector or strict regulation and focus on public service media) would best contribute to democratization in post-ethnic conflict areas, and devise recommendations for international organizations regarding media development and regulation, taking into consideration specific technical and political factors in South Eastern Europe.