media lab | Podcast Season: 1 - Episode: 1 / Release date: 27-9-2022

1:1 with Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
Reuters Institute, Oxford University

Key Quotes

"You can't have media freedom, without freedom of expression. So the starting point has to be to protect the fundamental rights of all EU citizens."
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"I think media policy too benefits from evidence and research and I would encourage policymakers to think about investing in enabling the institutions that can provide such evidence whether civil society, independent regulators, or researchers."
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"I think the combination of vigilantly protected fundamental rights and robust institutions that enable people to exercise them as each of them see fit on the basis of their own ideals and interests represent some of the best that Europe aspires to."
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"For well over four years in the EU, we've had continuous policy debate around the major challenges to European democracy that some of the features of our media space represents. But frankly, very little tangible action. And I think we have to say that it's time now for the EU to put its money where its mouth is."
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"I just hope that [policymakers] will see the importance of independent evidence in forming their decisions, and then recognise that if we continue to agree that these are very real problems then we need to take far more tangible and concrete actions to protect fundamental rights and invest in the enabling environment for independent media, if we are to actually make a difference."
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About Our Guest

Prof. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen | Director - Reuters Institute, Oxford University
Prof. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford. His research is focused on the changing role of news and media in our societies. He has written extensively about journalism, digital media, the business of news, political communication and related topics in a variety of scholarly articles. He has also edited volumes, and books, including ‘Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns’ and ‘The Power of Platforms’. He is also co-author of the annual Digital News Report of the Reuters Institute.