Kristof Bender

Fellowships

Fellowships
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A free and pluralistic media scene is a crucial feature of any true democracy. "Freedom and pluralism of the media" is also enshrined in the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights. We have seen in the past and in the present, both inside and outside of the EU, how democracies stumble when a government and its allies control a dominant share of a country’s media. Due to the lack of clearly defined European standards in this area, reports by the European Commission draw attention to many problems in this field, but are short on concrete suggestions about how exactly to address these problems. Kristof Bender will explore some of these challenges, with a focus on the development of concrete policy proposals.