12 October, 2022
EPRA members meet to address topical regulatory challenges
The 56th EPRA meeting is taking place on 12-14 October 2022 in Antalya. This closed event, hosted by the RTÜK, the Radio and Television Supreme Council of Türkiye, will gather about 150 delegates representing 45 member authorities, permanent observers and invited media experts who will discuss current issues pertaining to audiovisual media regulation in Europe. Guest delegations from the media authorities of Morocco (HACA) and Uzbekistan (Agency of Information and Mass Communications) are also attending the meeting. The final version of the detailed Agenda for the 56th EPRA meeting is now available.
Once again, the meeting will address issues at the core of media regulation (a thematic session on: "Dis/misinformation, Plurality and Trust”), facilitate and encourage future-oriented discussions among regulators (session: "Media NRAs in a Digital Environment”) and allow EPRA members to reconnect and share the newest developments (session: "EPRA Agora – Learning by sharing among regulators”). As in the last meeting in Antwerp, thematic sessions will replace the traditional workgroups, held from now online, in accordance with the EPRA Work Programme.
Under the guidance of EPRA Chair Ľuboš Kukliš, the plenary session on the morning of 13 October will be dedicated to exchanging on recent and upcoming developments among EPRA members and reports from the permanent observer organisations, ERGA and the Comms Policy Collaborative of the Vienna University.
Two thematic sessions will enable EPRA members to share knowledge and expertise with renowned academics and external experts, and to learn from each other.
Thematic session 1 "Dis/misinformation, Plurality and Trust", chaired by EPRA Senior Vice-Chair Maria Donde, will address the challenge of defending a pluralistic, sustainable and trustworthy media environment. The speakers and panelists will sketch a comprehensive picture of the media ecosystem and exchange on the possible range of remedies. The session will attempt to understand the evidence to design better interventions with the help of inputs from Sophie Lecheler (Vienna University), Václav Štětka (The Illiberal Turn project – Loughborough University), Kirsty Park (FuJo – Reuters Digital News Report), Olaf Steenfadt (independent expert) and regulators.
Thematic session 2 on “Media NRAs in a Digital Environment”, co-chaired by EPRA Chair Ľuboš Kukliš and EPRA Vice-Chairs Stephanie Comey and Maria Donde, will facilitate a lively debate on how media regulators prepare for change by adapting their missions and mindset to the digital environment and the regulation of video-sharing platforms. Three dedicated EPRA working groups were launched at the end of 2021 to address particular challenges faced by regulators: EMIL (media literacy taskforce), the AI & regulators roundtables and the VSPs and regulation working group. The presentations of the highlights and outcomes of the dedicated groups will be followed by a discussion among regulators on how to respond to their current and future regulatory missions in the fast-evolving media environment.
EPRA provides an independent, agile and participatory forum that allows audiovisual regulators in Europe (beyond the EU) to share information, best practices, experiences and expertise. EPRA does not take common positions but seeks to encourage independent, transparent and professional regulation and to raise awareness among its members of the consequences of the upheavals in the media ecosystem and to support them in the necessary evolution of audiovisual regulation practices.
Source: EPRA Secretariat