Next XXV Commission on Media Policy,

Saturday 7 November 2015, Bucharest, Romania

Commission on Media Policy:

Strengthening the Press under Pressure of War and Repression

18 October 2014 - Skopje

The Commission on Media Policy was founded under the name “Commission on Radio and Television Policy” to encourage democratic policies and practices. Today, the Commission brings together media practitioners, managers, and experts in both the public and private sectors from more than 25 countries in Central, East, Southeast, and West Europe and the United States to discuss and debate alternatives for media policymaking. The Commission was founded by former US president Jimmy Carter in 1990. The idea for its creation was born in the mid-1980s when Prof. Dr. Ellen Mickiewicz and former President Carter discovered the changes in the way the Soviet Union used television in comparison to the past policy while working on issues of international security and arms control. The first official Commission Meeting took place in the autumn of 1991 bringing together media practitioners, experts, and policymakers from both the United States and Russia. Since that date, the Commission meets annually, discusses the freedom, role, and future of the media in the world and makes substantive recommendations on a range of policy issues. During the years, the Commission’s focus expanded to include East and West Europe and the United States, as well as the European part of the former Soviet Union, which opened access to a far broader range of models with which to consider policies for democracy and media. The Commission has a number of publications designed for use by journalists, scholars, and others interested in the relationship of democracy and the media. The guidebooks of the commission represent one of its most often noted results. The first of these, Television and Elections, is available in more than a dozen languages and is widely used in parliamentary debates and decision-making processes. Three additional guidebooks have been published, Television/Radio News and Minorities, Television, Radio and Privatisation, and Television Autonomy and the State. Ellen Mickiewicz, Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University, and Erhard Busek, former Vice Chancellor of Austria, former Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South East Europe and today Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative, co-chair the Commission’s annual meetings. SEEMO is organising and coordinating the event since 2013.