Italy and Poland. Cases of media capture

How  undue interferences on the gathering of information can take to distorted news reporting. What happens in two EU countries. Text and graphics from lectures held at the Sheffield Hallam University Summer School on June 2019

Friday 29th June 2019, the Italian journalist Alberto Spampinato and the Polish journalists Krzysztof Bobinski made lectures at the Sheffield Hallam university Summer School, on the effects of the way media capture is made by media in Italy as a consequence of threats and intimidation and in Poland as a consequence of political pressures on the public service television. 

The meeting was chaired by William Horsley (International Director & Co-Founder of CFOM) and coordinated by professor Lada Price (Co-Director of Education at CFOM). Both presentations are published on the AEJ (Association of European Journalists) and CFOM (Centre for Freedom of Media) websites. Contents can be read and viewed at the links below. 

Poland. How public service TV was turned into a government mouthpiece

Detailed monitoring of the news output on Polish public service television (TVP) during nationwide local and European elections has revealed how it has been made into a propaganda mouthpiece by the current government.

AEJ Poland’s Krzysztof Bobinski relates the main steps by which the Law and Justice (PiS) Party-led government has engineered the effective capture of TVP. The result is that Poland’s most influential source of news and information displays systematic editorial bias in favour of the government.

Read on the AEJ web site

Italy. Media Capture distorted by violence and intimidation

by Alberto Spampinato

Over the past ten years Ossigeno per l’Informazione (Oxygen for Information) has documented several thousand threats and incidents of intimidation suffered by journalists in Italy, but that is only the tip.of the iceberg. Ossigeno’s founder and president, Alberto Spampinato, presents this dossier of evidence showing the extent of ’media capture’ in Italy through violence, intimidation and unjust laws that impose severe constraints on the country’s newspapers and other media. ASP

Read more on the AEJ website

Read more on the CFOM website

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