A Pillar of Democracy on Shaky Ground

Kondrad Adenauer Stiftung


This report gives an overview of public service media in South East Europe; referring to the ten countries, which the Media Programme of the KonradAdenauer-Stiftung covers. From Croatia to North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the Republic of Moldova, liberalised media markets have emerged following the collapse of socialism and its state-controlled media systems. State broadcasters have become public service media. For the first time, essential information about individual public broadcasters is being gathered. Media experts from the respective countries write, among other things, about the history, the legal framework, the financing model and organisational structures in place. The chapters are supplemented with the results of a A Pillar of Democracy on Shaky Ground vi recent representative opinion poll commissioned by the Media Programme and conducted by the research institute Ipsos.

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