From top: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom conference; Gemma O’Doherty; Catherine Murphy.
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) will host the second Newsocracy conference, entitled ‘Media Ownership Concentration in Ireland and Europe’ at At the Irish Writers’ Centre on Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
Catherine Murphy TD co-leader of the Social Democrats will speak alongside investigative journalist Gemma O’Doherty, Lynn Boylan MEP and others.
The event is open to the public and free but those interested in attending are asked to register here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ms Murphy said she will return to Leinster House following her address to initiate a Private Members Bill to “protect the diversity of ownership and address the issue of control of media in Ireland”.
Ms Murphy’s bill aims to ensure that the 20 per cent public interest test that applies to any media mergers “could be applied retrospectively to any individual or undertaking holding more than 20 per cent of the shares in a media business.
It will be debated during the Social Democrats’ private members’ time on Wednesday, February 8.
Ms Murphy said the Bill will also recognise:
“the huge shift to online and digital news sources and will update the current definition of audience reach to add those sources to the existing viewership and readership definitions, which are taken into account when considering media mergers and plurality of the media.”
More details here
Previously: Pressing On