Impartial and independent media are one of the basic preconditions for a functioning democracy. They are key to social cohesion, the ability of citizens to form informed views on public affairs, they give our society a chance to face the influence of overly concentrated economic and political power and, last but not least, they stand opposed to social networks in terms of the integrity of the information provided.
To achieve these goals, it is necessary to reform media legislation, thus creating favorable conditions for maintaining media pluralism, objective and independent work of journalists, and ensuring publicly available, professionally verified and high-quality information from independent sources.
insufficient shielding of public service media from possible political pressures
absence of independent audits of financial management of public service media
lack of binding rules that would prevent media owners from influencing media content (including journalists’ self-censorship)
ineffective regulatory oversight of media market and outdated media legislation that does not reflect new media
the gradual disappearance of independent regional media
the threat to economies of traditional media by digital giants
a low level of professional cooperation; in other words the unwillingness of most journalists to participate in the creation of self-regulatory solutions and a functioning media council
large impact of disinformation purposefully disseminated through social networks and websites that do not respect journalistic and publishing ethics
Von der Leyen’s European Commission has set media and their independence as one of its key priorities. Rules and safeguards for protecting independence and supporting plurality of media are to be included in the Media Freedom Act proposal, which is being prepared in 2022. This is an impulse for European countries to amend their media legislation to catch up to the information age of the 21st century. The challenges that Czech media landscape faces, such as competition by tech giants, or disinformation war, are supranational. As nezávislá.média, we submit proposals regarding European legislation and cooperate with partners from neighbouring countries on creating solutions for directly supporting media.
The initiative nezávislá.média has been created in 2021 as a joint project of organizations advocating for a reform of media legislation, and for creating beneficial conditions for media plurality, objective and indpendent journalistic work, and accessibility of quality information from independent sources. The founding members of the initiative are Rekonstrukce státu and Foundation for Independent Journalism (NFNŽ).
Our activities are financed by generous donations of those who value strengthening media independence. Our major donors are Martin Hájek, Jan Školník, Martin Vohánka, and Václav Muchna.