Democracy and public service media
10 September 2021 - EBU
To what extent does a nation’s democratic health relate to the strength of its public service media? And can this correlation be supported by numbers? Take a look at the contemporary challenges to democracy - such as the rise of authoritarianism, civic disengagement, the surge of misinformation online, or threats to freedom of press, and discover how they relate to PSM.
This new report highlights how Public service media (PSM) strengthen democracy and foster citizenship. Research indeed demonstrates the strong connections between performant well-funded PSM and greater democratic quality. Higher PSM shares also come along with a greater political interest of citizens and greater confidence in their ability to participate.
Discover also how PSM provides an antidote to fake news and misinformation undermining democracy, with data showing that well-funded PSM go hand in hand with a lower exposure of citizens to misinformation.