Tisková zpráva z Mezinárodní konference UNI MEI

Trade unions worldwide call for
Independent and High Quality Public Service Broadcasting

“Any attack on Public Service Broadcasting is an attack on democracy,” stated Gerry Morrissey, UNI
MEI President, at the UNI MEI World Conference on Public Service Broadcasting in Vienna. The
conference gathered trade union leaders from across the world representing media workers in 140
unions and guilds and 70 countries.
Unions agreed unanimously that conditions for a functioning democratic and independent Public
Service Broadcasting have deteriorated worldwide: policies liberalising public service broadcasting,
excessive commercialisation and cutting of public funding are some of the most common attacks
against independent public service broadcasting around the world.
Unions called for economic and political independence for public service broadcasting, for sustainable
and predictable funding, as well as for accountable governance and management of public service
broadcasters. “Broadcasting councils and management of public broadcasters have to be
independent. Effective regulation needs to be in place at regional, national and international level to
protect public broadcasters against undue influence by governments, political parties or economic
stakeholders who wish to control and silence Public Service Broadcasting as an independent and
critical voice in democratic societies”, declared Gerry Morrissey.
“Regardless of the different democratic funding models for Public Service Broadcasting which exist
worldwide, the financing of Public Service Broadcasting needs to safeguard the ability of public
broadcasters to adapt and develop programming and services to technological, economic and
structural changes in the global digital economy”.
Unions in many countries also observed a slow ramping “deconstructing” in small steps of media
freedom and media pluralism and called upon trade unions, civil society and citizens in all countries to
watch out carefully any threats to public service broadcasting. Many participants underlined the need
to defend media pluralism and promote cultural diversity and high quality programming.
Participants also emphasized that a sustainable Public Service Broadcasting with high quality services
depends on a skilled workforce benefitting from good working conditions, investment into skills and
access to lifelong learning schemes, and effective social dialogue.
The conference concluded with the adoption of a Manifesto on independent and high quality public
service broadcasting addressed to governments, regional authorities, management of public
broadcasters, and the public. The manifesto sets out key principles for independent public service
broadcasting as a key instrument to safeguard freedom of speech, freedom of information, and a
democratic functioning society.
The Manifesto underlines the leading role public broadcasters play in contributing to media pluralism
by providing high quality, impartial and independent news and information and a diversity of
programming. To play that role, high quality Public Service Broadcasting needs to be universal and to
reach out to all groups of societies and minorities with diverse content, fostering the expression of
cultural diversity.

Brussels, 8 October 2014

About UNI MEI
UNI MEI represents more than 140 unions and guilds in the media and entertainment industries in
over 70 countries worldwide.
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www.uniglobalunion.org / twitter: @unimei

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