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Illiberal Turn holds its second stakeholder meeting

The second stakeholder meeting for the Illiberal Turn project took place on 18 June 2021, hosted online. The meeting was attended by a distinguished panel comprised of representatives of media regulators, journalistic organisations, and media NGOs from all four countries that are the focus of the research project (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Serbia) and beyond. In addition, members of several European-wide organisations were represented at the event, including the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities, European Federation of Journalists, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, and the European Broadcasting Union.

The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss preliminary policy recommendations coming from the project, focusing on media policy, journalistic practice, and public health communication; these recommendations are intended for policy makers and regulators, media professionals, and media-related NGOs. The three-hour event saw stimulating and lively debate around these proposed recommendations, with excellent comments and suggestions from all involved. The final policy document will be released in early autumn.

In attendance:
Project team – Václav Štětka, Sabina Mihelj, Katherine Kondor (all Loughborough University)
Stakeholder representatives of the following organisations and institutions: European Platform of Regulatory Authorities, European Broadcasting Union, Public Service Broadcasting, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, the European Federation of Journalists, Ofcom, The Peace Institute, Centre for Independent Journalism, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, Centre for Media, Data, and Society, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia, Czech
Television Council, RTV Slovenija, Society of Journalists (Warsaw), Transitions Online, Res Publica Foundation.