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A monitor of media ownership in Europe

Enhancing transparency in ownership and control of European news

What is this monitor?

The European Democracy Action Plan, presented by the European Commission in December 2020, intends to empower citizens and make EU democracies more resilient. As part of this plan, it expects to enhance transparency in ownership and control of news media. The Euromedia Ownership Monitor (EurOMo) is a pilot project to fulfil this objective. Its flagship is a searchable database of media owners. The project also offers many other resources, such as country reports and media literacy toolkits.

Main resources

Searchable database with more than 3,000 media outlets and owners, followed by databases of laws and digital platforms.

Country reports, visualisation of cross-country activity of media companies and risk index based on the 2022-2023 databases.

Media literacy toolkits in several EU languages for teaching media ownership and control to students aged 16-18.

Our methodology

We collect and organise data available in public sources of each country. We consider information about direct and indirect ownership of news media, cross-market operation, editorial responsibility, funding and revenues, role of algorithmic filtering, legal framework, role of National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), among others.

Who we are

The EurOMo is a consortium of national teams in each EU country, which are researchers in higher education institutions (HEIs) or independent research institutes. The University of Salzburg coordinates the consortium. The European Commission co-funds the project.

EurOMo, in numbers

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