Democracy, Pluralism, and the Media

Perry Keller

in European and International Media Law

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780198268550
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728518 | DOI:
Democracy, Pluralism, and the Media

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Chapter Fourteen addresses a range of interventions into media markets to protect or foster pluralism, which frequently involve fierce debates over the effectiveness of market forces to achieve this public policy goal. As the Chapter discusses, this non-market objective frequently clashes with the market based principles of European Union law, although EU competition law itself has a foundational role in assuring media pluralism. Given the importance of pluralism to European democracy, EU law conditionally permits ownership restrictions, state aid to public service media and intervention in intellectual property rights to protect public access to major events as well as the imposition of must carry and universal service obligations. The Chapter also examines European human rights law's fundamental commitment to media pluralism as well as its uncertainties over the proper limits to state intervention in political expression. Chapter Fourteen then addresses the limited endorsement of media pluralism in international law.

Keywords: Democracy; pluralism; competition; state aid; listed events; short reporting; must carry; universal service; political advertising; public service media

Chapter.  23219 words. 

Subjects: Intellectual Property Law

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