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Media capture | Matteo Trevisan

Which are the most common ways for political actors to influence the media? In this Schuman Short, Research Associate Matteo Trevisan explains what 'media capture' is and the different types of control mechanisms that can take place.

12 March 2024 | Research - Video

Media capture is a systemic governance problem that occurs when political actors or interest groups networking with politics control a given media system. This represents a threat to a free and plural information flow.

In this video, Research Associate Matteo Trevisan exposes how that influence can be exerted in various ways and explains the most studied forms of capture, which can be reduced to four main mechanisms and are often combined. 

Learn more about the results of the latest Media Pluralism Monitor, a tool of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom assessing the weaknesses in national media systems that hinder media pluralism.

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Last update: 12 March 2024

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