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From multinationals to business tycoons: media ownership and journalistic autonomy in Central and Eastern Europe

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posted on 08.09.2016, 13:39 by Vaclav StetkaVaclav Stetka
This article presents a comparative analysis of the changing patterns of media ownership in ten new EU member states from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and discusses the implications of these processes for media freedom and autonomy. Briefly outlining the history of internationalization of CEE media markets, it argues that the presence of Western-based multinational companies on the CEE media markets has been recently diminishing rather than further growing. In addition, a different type of actor has been gaining prominence on the CEE media map, unspotted or largely overlooked in most previous analyses, namely, local business elites acquiring stakes in news media. Combining secondary sources and field interviews with media experts and practitioners, this study explores the various practices of business and political instrumentalization of media by their local owners, often resulting in a constrained editorial independence and increasing intertwinement of the systems of media, politics, and economy in the region.

Funding

European Research Council (project Nr. 230113).

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

International Journal of Press/Politics

Volume

17

Issue

4

Pages

433 - 456

Citation

STETKA, V., 2012. From multinationals to business tycoons: media ownership and journalistic autonomy in Central and Eastern Europe. International Journal of Press/Politics, 17 (4), pp. 433 - 456

Publisher

SAGE © The Author

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2012

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal The International Journal of Press/Politics and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1940161212452449.

ISSN

1940-1612

Language

en