2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development
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Thursday, September 22 • 09:00 - 09:30
Who Controls the Media? RSF Report on Oligarchs

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It was in Russia that the word “oligarchs” was first used to denote very rich businessmen. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has adopted the term to refer to billionaires who create or take over media empires to serve their business or political interests. There is a worldwide trend towards increasingly concentrated ownership of conglomerates that combine media outlets (TV channels, radio stations, newspapers and news websites) with banks, telecoms, property firms and construction companies. All this suits the rulers of countries such as China that espoused capitalism in order to better suppress democracy.800 TV channels exist in India, of which all those that provide news coverage are owned by political or industrial barons.Entitled "Media: when oligarchs go shopping," RSF’s latest report describes a world in which journalism and freedom of information run up against an invisible wall consisting of money and conflicts of interest. Coinciding with the report’s publication, RSF is launching a communication campaign together with the advertising agency BETC. Called “How oligarchs kill freedom of information,” it takes the form of a “quick manual for the good oligarch.”

Rapporteur for the session: Albana Shala, Chair of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), UNESCO.

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Sophie Busson

Advocacy Advisor, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Sophie Busson is Advocacy Advisor for Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Sophie is a lawyer and expert in international law and human rights. Holding a LLM in International Law from Fordham University, she has previously worked with the United Nations in Mali and with the French Ministry... Read More →

Thursday September 22, 2016 09:00 - 09:30 PDT