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The independence of media regulatory authorities in Europe
Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4151-1520
Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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Abstract [en]

This IRIS Special focuses on the independence of regulatory authorities and bodies in the broadcasting and audiovisual media sector in Europe. These entities have proliferated according to the different legal traditions of the respective countries they belong to. They do not, therefore, conform one, single model. Nonetheless, they reflect a common approach of sorts with regard to the institutional set-up of regulatory governance. The independence of these entities is particularly important because it contributes to the broader objective of media independence, which is in itself an essential component of democracy.

The creation, status and functioning of these regulatory authorities and bodies were shaped pursuant to the constitutional requirements and/or administrative practices of the countries that established them. As a result, each has distinct characteristics and levels of independence that differ according to where they are located. But when is an authority to be considered independent? The measurement of an entity's independence requires careful analysis of the legal texts setting it up, but also of the practices that are rooted in reality and reflect the sensitivities of the societies in question.

This IRIS Special aims to enlighten the reader on the definition of the independence of a regulatory authority or body, on the criteria used to assess its independence, and on the legal framework embodying this independence at the European level, as well as provide analysis of the status and functioning of regulatory authorities and bodies in a selection of nine European countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and Slovenia. This sample reflects the different levels of independence that can be found across Europe. © European Audiovisual Observatory (Council of Europe), Strasbourg, September 2019

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Strasbourg: European Audiovisual Observatory , 2019. , p. 124
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IRIS Special ; 2019-1
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Media regulation, regulatory independence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40656OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-40656DiVA, id: diva2:1357612
Available from: 2019-10-04 Created: 2019-10-04 Last updated: 2020-02-19Bibliographically approved

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