A new report says Europe’s press freedom is threatened by consolidation and a lack of transparency around ownership
A new report from the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom examined 19 European Union member countries and found that press freedom in Europe is at risk because of political interference and concentrated ownership. Ownership of media entities in Europe tends to be in the hands of only a few entities, giving them more power. But in some countries, ownership is unclear to citizens. The lack of transparency in ownership means those citizens can’t “gauge the extent of potential bias in the information that is provided by a media outlet,” the report says.