NEWS | 26 Nov 2015

Open access resources on media law in Europe

The  implementation of the Audiovisual Media Service Directive and the public service media remit are the subjects of two open access resources, recently launched by the European Audiovisual Observatory.

Database on the Audiovisual Media Service Directive
The Observatory has launched the free AVMSDatabase, which shows how each EU country has transposed the various rules contained within the AVMS Directive (the principal legal text regulating audiovisual media services in Europe) into national legislation. The database makes it possible to research:

  • how a certain article of the directive is implemented in a specific country
  • how countries A, B and C have implemented a specific article (comparative approach)
  • how certain articles of the directive have been implemented in countries A, B and C (multi layered research).

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The public service media remit in 40 European countries
Intended as a free working tool to also accompany the reading of the IRIS Special on “Public service activities online: remit and financing”, the Observatory provides an overview of the definition of the public service remit in the 40 countries that are members of the Observatory, and indicates:

  • the adopting bodies,
  • the concerned broadcasters,
  • the legal sources defining the remit, with mention of the specific articles,
  • the links to the texts in their original language and in English translation where available.

Download IRIS Bonus 2015-3 (PDF)

About: The Observatory is a European public service body comprised of 40 member states and the European Union, represented by the European Commission. Among its major activities are the publication of a yearbook, newsletters and reports plus online databases, e.g. the free accessible IRIS Merlin database on legal information relevant to the audiovisual sector in Europe and MAVISE database on TV and on-demand audiovisual services and companies in Europe.