Politics, Civil Society and Participation: Media and Communications in a Transforming Environment

Title chapter: Communication and information rights in European media policy
Author: Hannu Nieminen
Keywords: communication and information rights, media policy, media access, media competence, privacy
Abstract: To make informed choices about matters of societal importance citizens must be informed. This requires universal access and availability of information. It also implies participation in information creation – i.e., being competent to participate in public debate in which political will is formed and expressed, and decision-making happens. This is where the media – together with other public institutions such as education and general public services – are of decisive importance. In this article some recent issues in European media and communication policy will be scrutinized against the principles of citizens’ information and communication rights (ICRs).
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