Media Capture
in Europe

As part of its work in Europe, IPI has been documenting the different models and tools used by vested political and business interests to capture independent media and how this phenomenon is increasingly undermining press freedom and watchdog journalism.

The key mechanisms of media capture that IPI’s monitoring and research has identified include: turning public broadcasters into government mouthpieces; capturing and instrumentalising media regulatory bodies with political appointees; abusing state resources to distort the media market in favour of pro-government media; and creating a circle of loyal oligarchs to run private media in the government’s interest.

In recent years, this model of media capture in liberal and illiberal democracies alike has spread through the European Union and threatens media pluralism and the right of citizens to access balanced and independent sources of news. IPI’s work seeks to better understand the challenges and develop solutions for the problem.

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IPI reports on key developments and publishes analysis articles and statements examining media capture across Europe.

Media Capture in Europe

EU: Call to MEPs for strong European Media Freedom Act

Media Capture in Europe

IPI position on the European Media Freedom Act

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As part of its campaign work in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), IPI is publishing a series of in-depth reports on the state of media capture in key countries.

Media Capture in Europe

Media Capture in Bulgaria

Media Capture in Europe

Media Capture in the Czech Republic

Media Capture in Europe

Media Freedom in Hungary Ahead of 2022 Elections: Mission Report

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Media Capture in Europe

European Journalism Now (Dec. 1 – 2, 2022, Prague)

Media Capture in Europe

Media Capture and the European Media Freedom Act (Dec. 2, 2022, Prague)

Media Capture in Europe

MFRR Webinar: Threats to independent public service media in Central Europe (Nov. 24, 2022)

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IPI’s work in tracking and analysing media capture in Europe is a campaign conducted as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), co-sponsored by the European Commission with further support from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF)