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Increasing transparency of media ownership

The Assembly has asked the member States to review their legislation to ensure transparency of media ownership, so that the public has access to specific information about the “ownership, management and editorial structures of media as well as their financing”. This information must be submitted by media outlets to an independent national media authority, according to the resolution unanimously adopted today on the basis of a report by Gülsün Bilgehan (Turkey, SOC).

The parliamentarians stressed that media ownership transparency is necessary to enable members of the public “to form an opinion on the value of the information, ideas and opinions disseminated by the media”.

PACE also requested the Committee of Ministers to review and further develop Council of Europe standards in this field and to co-operate with the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA), in order to increase compliance with transparency standards in all member States and co-ordinate action.