Abstracts of relevant books and substantial reports on press and media freedom. Whenever available, links to freely accessible book copies are provided

Journalism at risk. Threats, challenges and perspectives

Journalism at Risk is a new book from the Council of Europe, in which ten experts from different backgrounds examine the role of journalism in democratic societies; - available as hard copy or e-book

read more Safety of journalists Access to information Whistleblowing Council of Europe Member States

Media Pluralism and Diversity

Media Pluralism and Diversity, edited by Miklos Sukosd, Robert Picard and Peggy Valcke and published by Palgrave Macmillan, addresses normative approaches, regulatory dimensions and monitoring systems related to media pluralism and diversity in Europe and at a global level

read more Media pluralism Media ownership Digital rights European Policy Worldwide

Media freedom and pluralism. Media policy challenges in the Enlarged Europe

Media freedom and pluralism by Beata Klimkiewicz provides a critical analysis of major issues and challenges for media policy in the European Union and Council of Europe member states, at times in which media environments and regulations are undergoing deep transformations

read more European Policy Media Law EU Member States Council of Europe Member States

Media Integrity Matters - Reclaiming public service values in media and journalism

This book by the South East European Media Observatory builds on and further develops research on democratic development of media systems in SEE, by focusing in particular on the concept of "media integrity" as a key element to assess and secure other components of functional media systems

read more Ethics of journalism Media ownership Public broadcasting Albania Bosnia Herzegovina North Macedonia Serbia Croatia

Media ownership and its impact on media independence and pluralism

Media ownership and its impact on media independence and pluralism is an online project now condensed into a digital book. Curated by the South East European Network for Professionalisation of the Media (SEENPM) and released by the Peace Institute - Ljubljana, the book maps ownership patterns and their effects on media pluralism and independence in the countries of South East Europe and EU member states from Central and Eastern Europe.

read more Media ownership Media pluralism Western Balkans Albania Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Estonia Hungary Kosovo Latvia Lithuania North Macedonia Moldova Montenegro Poland Romania Serbia Slovakia Slovenia

Hate speech in online media in South East Europe

Under what conditions does freedom of speech become freedom to hate? How to deal with hate speech without harming freedom of expression? These are the questions addressed in this book, with a specific focus on the context of South East Europe and Turkey

read more Western Balkans Hate speech Turkey

Teaching the Media

An evergreen handbook which shows the development of media education in schools from the 1960s to 1990s. According to the author, the fundamental principle is that media represent - rather than reflect - reality

read more Media literacy Access to information Media ownership United Kingdom

Reporting from the danger zone

A book based on 32 interviews with war-zone journalists compares yesterday’s and today’s challenges and stresses the importance of ethical journalism

read more Ethics of journalism Safety of journalists War reporting

Reality Lost. Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation

This open access book analyzes the current media environment and how it can contribute to the transformation of democracy into a post-factual democracy

read more Fake news and disinformation Online news Online media Social media Business model