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Media Pluralism Monitor Pilot Test: United Kingdom

RISJ has released the UK results from the implementation of the EU Media Pluralism Monitor pilot project.

The study reveals that the UK does well overall, but identified some deficiencies in political, economic, and socio-political indicators that may deserve attention from policymakers. The results were released October 21 at a seminar in London for policymakers, media companies, scholars, and media organizations.

The monitor is a risk-based assessment tool developed for the European Commission in response to concerns by the European Parliament and Council of the European Union about media pluralism in member states and across Europe. The Media Pluralism Monitor assesses risk using 34 major policy/legal, economic, and socio-political indicators, including 241 sub-indicators applying indicators to various media, assessing the implementation of regulatory provisions, and delving deeply into elements related to the main indicator. It then scores risks as low, medium, or high. The method does not determine whether pluralism exists or the extent to which it exists. Risk-based analysis identifies areas on which policymakers should focus attention, consider mitigating factors, and determine whether policy action is warranted.

The UK review was conducted by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University Oxford, as part of the pilot implementation coordinated by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, European University Institute in Florence, Italy.