From the media regulation in Portugal to an European comparative perspective – International Seminar

During two days, the Project’s Research Team gathered with the Consultants’ Team, with the presence of Divina Frau-Meigs, Hannu Nieminen, José Manuel Paquete de Oliveira, Josef Trappel, José Rebelo, Leen d’Haenens and Tarlach McGonagle. The seminar  took place on 24 and 25 February at the Museu Nogueira da Silva (Braga). The objective of this meeting was to assess the work done so far under the project and to put on the table a model for comparative analysis of regulation in Europe (being developed in collaboration with the EuroMedia Research Group). In this context, the seminar also had the participation of national correspondents from the United Kingdom (Alessandro D’Arma), Austria (Manuela Grünangerl) and Spain (Laura Bergés and Núria Reguero).

The first roundtable focused on the research project  and it was followed by a debate on the options of the research team and on their main concerns, particularly regarding the role of regulation of media in democratic societies today, the role of the state and civil society in this process as well as the functions of the mechanisms of self-regulation and co-regulation.

On the morning of February 25, after the presentation of the model for a cross-country comparative analysis of regulation in Europe, there was a debate on the formulation of the dimensions proposed for the model’s application. Secondly, some national correspondentes have focused on the regulatory bodies of their own countries and have discussed the model’s implementation. Convergence, internet regulation and digital terrestrial television were also on debate on a comparative perspective.

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