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Financial support to media and journalists during Covid-19 - Monitoring tool

Six months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has published a database mapping the financial support media outlets and journalists received in Europe

Hungary violated EU state aid rules: a letter to the Commission - Article

The MFRR partners sent a new complaint to the EU Commissioner for Competition, asking for action against the deteriorating environment for media freedom las other countries like Poland are following the path established by Hungary

Greece: a call for transparency and objectivity - Article

Several critical media outlets have been excluded from the governmental financial support provided through a €20 million public health advertising campaign during the COVID-19 crisis. The Media Freedom Rapid Response calls for transparency and objectivity in the distribution of public advertisement funds to media

Media capture: Toolkit for 21st century autocrats - Article

 

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The 8th of a series of thematic itineraries to explore the Resource Centre on Media Freedom through a curated aggregation of contents. 

Informational Autocrats - Academic Sources

The paper analyses the role of the media in establishing and maintaining modern-day authoritarian regimes. The authors offer a formal account of how such systems work, emphasising the importance of the gap in political knowledge between the “informed elite” and the general public as a key element of informational autocracy

The big comeback of political pressure in Bulgaria - Surveys

Press freedom in Bulgaria: findings of the 2017 online survey released by the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria

Control the money, control the media - Academic Sources

An account of the ways governments use funding to keep the media in line

Soft censorship as a threat to journalism in Montenegro - HTML5 video

Daliborka Uljarevic, Executive Director of Center for Civic Education (CGO), speaks for SEE Media Observatory about the media and soft censorship in Montenegro. In Montenegro, soft censorship is exercised primarily through politicised, discretionary and non-transparent distribution of public money and subsidies to media

Measuring media realities. Media Clientelism Index 2016 - Reports

Clientelism, politicization and corruption hold media captured and prevent them from carrying out their watchdog role. Media Clientelism Index assesses the situation in 6 countries of South East Europe