United in Diversity

Posted on Monday 11th June 2012


Pan-European Forum on Media Pluralism and New Media

Hemicycle Debating Chamber of the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Brussels, Place du Luxembourg/Luxembourg station
27 June 2012, 09.30-18.00

Presented by:

University of LeuvenIBBT
(Leuven/Ghent, Belgium)

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
(London, United Kingdom)

Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom
(Florence, Italy)

Do the new media contribute to, or undermine, a pluralistic public sphere? Do new technologies overcome bottlenecks related to traditional media - do they create new information gatekeepers? Should existing media ownership regulations for traditional media be relaxed, or extended to new media? Is there a need for diversity obligations (and can they be imposed) for online on-demand media? Should the EU take the initiative in the area of ownership regulation in this era of globalisation? How do we assess the role of publicly funded media, specifically public service broadcasters (PBBs), but also, where relevant, subsidised press or online operations? How have Industries, such as the music industry, adapted to the challenges presented by the internet.


  • Alliance Internationale de Journalistes
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Westminster
  • Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) UK
  • Central European University, Budapest
  • Mirovni (Peace) Institute, Slovenia
  • International Federation of Journalists
  • European Alternatives – Civil Society, Italy
  • European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA)
  • European Publishers Council
  • Association of European Journalists
  • Music Managers Forum
  • Ofcom
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
  • European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
  • European Association for Viewers Interests (EAVI)
  • deAuteurs/SACD/Scam
  • Telenet
  • Wired Magazine
  • Irish Times
  • Centre for Freedom of the Media, University of Sheffield
  • Reuters Institute, Oxford University, Robert Picard
  • Edinburgh University, Rachael Craufurd Smith
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Tampere University, Finland
  • University of Naples, Italy
  • University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • University of Minho, Portugal
  • University of Luxembourg
  • Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign policy, Greece
  • MEDIADEM project
  • London Press Club
  • European Centre for Journalists, Belgium
  • Google
  • BBC
  • Die Tageszeitung (Taz) German newspaper


Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of the European Commission) Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament) MEPs from all political groups (Andrew Duff, Jean-Marie Cavada, Ivan Catalin, Sophie In't Veld, Niccolo Rinaldi, Judith Sargentini, Marietje Schaake) Ingrid Lieten (Flemish Media Minister)


Don't miss this opportunity to participate - and have your say - in a unique and unprecedented event in the heart of the European Parliament that will shape future policy and industry responses to opportunities and threats arising from new media for pluralistic discourse and cultural diversity!


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(Registration will close on 12 June!)
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