Ownership of media matters for democracy

Unless laws on media ownership apply to existing companies, they are pointless

14th June, 2015

In 2012, the then minister for communications, Pat Rabbitte, indicated that the government proposed to legislate to deal with the question of media ownership in a Competition Bill to be published in the autumn of 2012.

He said that he had intended to deal with the issue in a single-issue “break-out” bill but that this idea had been shelved. The impression given was that a media ownership bill was certainly a priority for the government. The Competition...

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