The European Commission’s Representation in Romania and Median Research Centre (MRC) launched the Media Pluralism Monitor 2015, in Bucharest. The report shows how mass media are faring in 19 member states. Journalists, media experts and representatives of embassies and of NGOs participated in the event.
This was the first time that Romania was included in this study, and MRC was responsible for the research on this country. The goal of the study was to identify the risk factors that might jeopardize media freedom and plurality. The data show that most European countries have heightened risk levels in the following areas:
- media market concentration,
- underdeveloped media literacy competencies among the general population,
- political control over media networks,
- independence of the public service broadcaster,
- state advertising and
- safety of journalists.