Publication Date: November 2016
Media Pluralism Monitor 2016 – Montenegro

Co-funded by the European Union, the Media Pluralism Monitor is a tool that has been developed by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) at the European University Institute in order to assess risks to media pluralism in selected countries.

The 2016 edition of the MPM has also taken into consideration the case of Montenegro, a country where a formally "European" legislative framework has already been developed, but where the relevant institutions and the main political actors are not sufficiently committed to create a climate of respect for the law and of protection of guaranteed freedoms.

While media ownership is mostly transparent, ownership concentration is present, and the impact of owners on editorial independence and media content is heavy. Moreover, the public media financing scheme jeopardizes independence, and the total absence of regulation of state aid to media allows the ruling circles to interfere with the editorial independence of commercial media. Local communities have adequate access to the media, but this is not the case with other groups, especially with people with disabilities and women.

Tags: Access to information Censorship Media freedom Media ownership Media pluralism Montenegro European policies and legislation Freedom of expression Online news Online media Political pressure Safety of journalists Transparency

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