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The crisis facing several of Israel’s leading news outlets has sparked an impassioned debate within the Jewish state, with some demanding the government act to preserve media diversity while others say there can be no reprieve for losers in times of austerity.On Thursday, after weeks of uncertainty, Maariv, one of Israel’s leading newspapers, was sold to the publisher of a right-wing daily, despite much opposition from staff.Under terms of the $19 million deal, the paper was acquired by the owner of the conservative Makor Rishon newspaper, who has pledged to keep on around 300 of Maariv’s 377 editorial staff, and around 1,400 others.Many of the newspaper’s journalists threatened to go on strike over the deal, fearing for the future of the paper’s editorial line after its sale to Shlomo Ben-Zvi, a West Bank settler who is close to Israel’s nationalist, religious right.A number of Israeli newspapers have folded in recent years as media ownership grows increasingly concentrated, with players like the top-selling Yediot Aharonot and the mass circulation free sheet Israel Hayom crowding out smaller titles.

The crisis facing several of Israel’s leading news outlets has sparked an impassioned debate within the Jewish state, with some demanding the government act to preserve media diversity while others say there can be no reprieve for losers in times of austerity.On Thursday, after weeks of uncertainty, Maariv, one of Israel’s leading newspapers, was sold to the publisher of a right-wing daily, despite much opposition from staff.Under terms of the $19 million deal, the paper was acquired by the owner of the conservative Makor Rishon newspaper, who has pledged to keep on around 300 of Maariv’s 377 editorial staff, and around 1,400 others.Many of the newspaper’s journalists threatened to go on strike over the deal, fearing for the future of the paper’s editorial line after its sale to Shlomo Ben-Zvi, a West Bank settler who is close to Israel’s nationalist, religious right.A number of Israeli newspapers have folded in recent years as media ownership grows increasingly concentrated, with players like the top-selling Yediot Aharonot and the mass circulation free sheet Israel Hayom crowding out smaller titles.

It is not always about the law. A country can have a good law – but if it is
i) abused or not enforced, or
ii) there is a culture that encourages forms of self-censorship, or
iii) there is a lack of transparency about how the sector operates, then the law alone cannot solve that problem. On the point of transparency I want to be very clear. I raised the issue of transparency with your Prime Minister today. He agreed with me: there is not enough transparency in Bulgaria concerning both ownership and financing of media in Bulgaria. I then asked if he would support an effort to increase transparency – he told me I have his full support.

Commissioner Neelie Kroes tells a meeting of Bulgarian media and NGOs that there is political will to tackle the media ownership crisis in the country (The Problems of Bulgarian Media Are Already a European Problem)

It is not always about the law. A country can have a good law – but if it is
i) abused or not enforced, or
ii) there is a culture that encourages forms of self-censorship, or
iii) there is a lack of transparency about how the sector operates, then the law alone cannot solve that problem. On the point of transparency I want to be very clear. I raised the issue of transparency with your Prime Minister today. He agreed with me: there is not enough transparency in Bulgaria concerning both ownership and financing of media in Bulgaria. I then asked if he would support an effort to increase transparency – he told me I have his full support.

Commissioner Neelie Kroes tells a meeting of Bulgarian media and NGOs that there is political will to tackle the media ownership crisis in the country (The Problems of Bulgarian Media Are Already a European Problem)

The convergence of media and communications technologies has radically altered the nature of content-related competition in the media sector and undermined the effectiveness of the present regulatory framework. One of the issues identified for consideration in the Convergence Review – Emerging Issues Paper of July 2011 was whether cross-media ownership rules are still necessary in a multi-platform environment. The purpose of the present paper is to examine the continuing relevance of the ‘2 out of 3’ rule in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) in the context of the recommendations outlined in the Convergence Review – Final Report of April 2012. The article seeks to evaluate the extent to which the recommended reforms would serve to enhance regulatory parity and support media diversity within an increasingly converged media landscape.