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  • Jeopardising the effectiveness of journalism in South East Europe: The role of extra-legal policy mechanisms
    A range of extra-legal policy mechanisms (policy-relevant actions outside of the scope of law) are used by those in power to prevent journalists from fulfilling their watchdog role in society. In this post, Chiara Sighele from Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, provides examples from countries of South East Europe (SEE) where extra-legal policy mechanisms are deployed to stifle journalism. There […]
  • Ofcom should review Sky deal also because it’s a broadband supplier
    In December 2016, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox reached an agreement in principle to buy UK satellite broadcaster Sky. After Fox formally notified the European Commission of its bid on 3 March, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Karen Bradley has said that she is ‘minded to’ refer the deal to Ofcom on the grounds of media plurality and commitment to broadcasting […]
  • The start of a ‘distinctly political’ regulation of the BBC
    The BBC’s new Charter commenced on 1 January 2017 and on 3 April, Ofcom will become the BBC’s first external regulator. Jelena Dzakula, a researcher here at the Media Policy Project and a lecturer at the University of Leicester, looks at decisions have already been made, the road ahead, and potential issues that might affect how the new system of […]
  • Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom
    After Fox has now formally notified the European Commission about its bid for the broadcaster Sky, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, has 10 working days to decide whether to refer the bid to Ofcom for review. In this post, Martin Moore, Director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at King’s […]
  • Where are the age restrictions on children’s use of Instagram?
    The UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley has just announced a new Internet Safety Strategy to crack down on risks to children such as cyber-bullying, sexting and online trolls. One way that tech companies claim to protect children is through setting age limits – usually 13 years old – for the use of their social […]