The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom selected the nine EU countries to undertake a pilot-implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM). The countries are: BelgiumBulgaria,DenmarkEstoniaFranceGreeceHungaryItaly and UK.  These countries were chosen according to objective criteria. First of all the geopolitical situation: the countries represent several geographical and political areas, including Western and Central-Eastern countries, founding and recently accessed Members States, also following the criteria drawn by Hallin-Mancini. Then, the level of attention adopted by the European institutions was also used as a parameter, considering if there have been in the last ten years EP resolutions, hearings or particular national cases in the topics of media pluralism and media freedom. Finally, countries have been selected according both to their population, in order to include bigger and smaller ones, and to their economic wealth, to involve more and less rich ones, also following the thresholds indicated in the MPM (20 million inhabitants and 23,500 EUR GDP per capita-PPP).

Criteria have been selected to assure the highest degree of neutrality and to allow a broad implementation in different realities. The aim is to represent a valid test to assess the applicability of the MPM in the future to all Member States”, the CMPF director, prof. Pier Luigi Parcu, said.

The results of this pilot-implementation in the 9 countries are expected for September 2014.