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Reinventing Media: Media Policy Reform in East Central Europe

1 May 2005

Reinventing Media: Media Policy Reform in East Central Europe
Edited by Miklós Sükösd and Péter Bajomi-Lázár
(English editing by Pamela Kilpadi, IPF founding director)

Publication date: May, 2003
ISBN: 963-9241-49-0, paperback
Series: CPS Books (ISSN: 1587-6942)
Extent: 273 pages
Price:  EUR/USD 24.95, GBP 15.95

Availability: Order from CEU Press http://www.ceupress.com

A compilation of ten IPF case studies written in the context of a new generation of broadcasting acts. Besides analyzing the challenges faced by the media, every chapter includes timely policy recommendations for reform. The emergence of democratic regimes in post-communist East Central Europe brought an end to institutionalized political censorship. The emerging political elite, for example, proved highly sensitive to critical coverage and very adept at finding ways to stifle investigative journalism. In some cases, governments exerted direct political pressure on both the commercial and public sector. While in several countries in the region public broadcasting has seemed to be caught in a state of permanent crisis.

Within the media itself, there have been serious questions concerning minority representation, public access, and the development of professional standards. Frustrated by increasing commercialization and dilatory institutions, some have gone so far as to contest the freedoms they fought for during the years of communist subjugation. In the early 1990s, there were numerous calls for authoritative solutions. Most countries in the region reformed their media industries through broadcasting acts and yet, many problems still persist. The need for informed and imaginative debate is as strong as ever.

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