Publication Date: December 2015
Research and Editorial Team: Min J. Kim

The current media landscape in the Czech Republic is regarded as one of the best success stories in Central and Eastern Europe, illustrated by its “Free” rating by Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press 2016 report - one of the best scores in the region.

Despite this relative success in the shift to a freer press and media market since the fall of the Communist regime, privatisation of media has had negative effects on Czech society.

In this article, the author focuses on the behavioural, professional, and economic features of the Czech media system, offering several suggestions aimed at providing long-term sustainability of the Czech media industry, and namely: independent regulatory bodies for the media market, legislation geared toward the media's “Digital Age”, and government funding for independent media scholarship. The combination of these three proposals would create a sustainable foundation for an economically viable media landscape.

Tags: Czech Republic Media Law Media freedom Media pluralism

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