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Welcome to Media Trends 2015: Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship
A conference hosted by Webster Vienna Private University 10-12 September, 2015

We have lined up a diverse group of academics, media professionals, IGO and NGO representatives and students to critically analyze:

  • All aspects of overt and covert control of communication
  • Concentration of ownership
  • Advertiser, commercial, financial and political influences
  • Agenda-setting, framing, technological and organizational constraints
  • Media empowerment

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The Media Trends 2015 Organizing Committee

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Friday, September 11 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
State and Corporate Control

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Barata Mir: OSCE, Vienna
The Representative on Freedom of the Media and the protection of freedom of expression and freedom of the media in the OSCE region: Many governments still continue to regard the media as a dangerous platform instrument that needs to be controlled and sometimes even silenced, instead of considering the media to be what it is: an essential and unique tool of democracies that allows for every citizen to obtain and impart pluralistic information. On the other hand, digital technologies are nowadays challenging traditional state intervention in the media. Technology multiplies the number of voices able to disseminate ideas and information with global reach. We should not neglect the capacity of private actors like big portals, search engines, technology manufacturers and others as to directly intervene in the conditions of circulation, distribution and access to content and ideas in new platforms.

: Ankara University, Turkey
The relationship between politics and media after 2001 in Turkey and its effects on journalistic practice: This study focuses on the transformation in the media sector following the economic crisis in 2001 in Turkey. It examines the new media environment shaped by the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government and media organizations and aims to demonstrate the effect of this media environment on journalistic practice.

: Anna University, Chennai, India
Muscle or muzzle? The controversy around media, power & censorship in Democratic India: 
The freedom of speech guaranteed by the Constitution of India can be suppressed if it is considered objectionable, harmful, or necessary to maintain communal harmony. This paper will explore the past few years in Indian, which have seen films, rock bands, websites, internet articles, events, documentaries and books restricted or totally banned under various Censorship Laws. The objective of the paper is to discuss and highlight some of these events, present a case for unbiased opinion leadership in the developed world and examine the future of Indian media in the context of power and censorship.

Rockwell: Webster University, St. Louis, USA
Media power in Central America: This presentation and paper will review the ownership structures of the six Spanish-speaking countries of Central America and show how the quasi-monopoly structures controlled by key elite families in the region have not only found ways to avoid globalization, beyond the regional cultural eddies caused by U.S. and Mexican media, but also imposed a system of informational screening on the region. This screening and skewing of information has tended to support conservative political structures and neoliberal policies related to trade and economics. 

Moderator: Rebekah Jorgensen


Sevtap Demir

Ph.D Student, Instıtute of Social Science-Journalism, Ankara University
Sevtap Demir is currently a Ph.D. student in Ankara University Communication Faculty, Department of Journalism, and works as a research assistant in the same department. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Ankara University Communication Faculty as well. Her research interests include the labor process in journalism, the relationship between media structure and media work, and class relationships in media workplaces.

Lata Rajagopalan Kumar

Dr. Lata Rajagopalan Kumar has worked in the field of advertising for nearly 12 years. Her experience has been mostly in the creative departments of various large advertising agencies in Chennai and Bangalore. Her last full time assignment saw her as Associate Creative Head, Mudra, Chennai. Her own creative hotshop, called “Mindbend”, focused on strategy and concepts, especially for small and medium sized agencies... Read More →
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Juan (Joan) Barata Mir

Principal Adviser, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Dr. Joan Barata Mir is the Principal Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. Before that he was a Professor of Communication Law and Vice Dean of International Relations at Blanquerna Communication School (Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona). He was also a Professor at the University of Barcelona (2001-2005), the Open University of Catalonia (since 1997) and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2010-2011), as well as visiting scholar... Read More →

Rick Rockwell

Associate Dean, Webster University, School of Communications
Associate Dean Rick Rockwell is responsible for special initiatives for the School of Communications that currently include graduate studies and online programs as well as curricular development. Rockwell also provides administrative oversight for the School's external media and student media organizations and publications. He serves as the executive producer of "Latin Pulse," a program focusing on news and public affairs in Latin America... Read More →

Friday September 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:15pm

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