Our Senior Program Manager Marius Dragomir was one of the presenters at the Sixth Expert Roundtable of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, discussing the role of public service media in countering disinformation.
He presented his study on global state media in 151 countries. He talked about the state media matrix, the new state media typology developed to have a more nuanced understanding of state media types, ranging from independent public media to state controlled media. He pointed out that independent public media have become a rarity, with a shockingly low number, 18 of them identified in the study. He said media capture was on the rise. During the discussion, he explained the concept of media capture, its different manifestations and why governments strive to capture the media.
Asked about the potential impact of state funding for independent media, he said governments had a tendency to interfere with the editorial agenda of the media outlets they provided funding for, but state support did not need to be a problem. The important thing is to have transparency mechanisms in place and to ensure editorial independence.
He also talked about the importance of professional norms. He said statutes that guaranteed the independence of public media and the assessment or monitoring of public media independence were very important for independent public service media.
Watch the recording here.