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Upcoming Conference Media Democracy under Pressure

This conference on Community Media in Europe will be held on May 22 in the department's lecture hall 1.

In cooperation with the Verband Freier Radios ÖsterreichCOMMITRadio Orange 94.0 and OKTO, the Media Governance & Industries Research Lab is organising a one-day conference on "Media Democracy under Pressure".

This event, to be held on May 22 from 12:00-19:00 in the department's major lecture hall (HS 1, UG, Währinger Straße 29, 1090 Vienna) will see representatives of OSCEORF, COMMIT and Radio Orange 94.0 among others presenting positions on the role of community media in democracy in Europe.

The conference languages will be English and German. If you are interested in this event please check the official invitation or join us via Facebook.


Content: Community media are situated between public service and private-commercial media organizations. They symbolize diversity, pluralism, participative media production and content of civil society. Community media operate as a space for public, democratized, multivocal debates.Despite their long-standing existence – Austria looks back at 20 years of community radio – they are often left aside of the media policy debate.

The focus of this conference is to bring back attention to the democratic role of community media in Europe and the conditions under which they are enabled to create or strenghten democracy. We will discuss the following questions and issues:

  • What forms of media regulation can enable free media projects?
  • Which conditions facilitate truly participative information generated by and for citizens?
  • What is needed to strengthen democratic processes?
  • What are the responsibilities and expectations of free and community media?  

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