Research Project “Media Regulation in Portugal: The ERC’s Case”


Ref.: PTDC/CCI-COM/104634/2008

The research project “Media Regulation in Portugal: The ERC’s Case” is being developed in the Communication and Society Research Center (CSRC) of University of Minho since June 2010 by a set of senior researchers whose interests range from Communication Policies and Journalism to Media Literacy.

The project intends to give a significant contribution to the study of media regulation in Portugal as well as its understanding in the international context. In this sense, we have a straight collaboration with the EuroMedia Research Group through the representation of the Principal Investigator, Helena Sousa. This line of research is being undertaken on a twofold basis: the comparative unit trough the analysis of regulatory bodies from other countries and the role of some of the main policy actors such as UNESCO or ITU.

The main focus of analysis is the performance of the Portuguese state media regulatory entity (Entidade Reguladora para a Comunicação Social – ERC), the organism responsible for regulating the media since 2005. An historical approach is also taken into account, considering the role of the former regulatory bodies of the media.

Project’s final purpose is to build a solid knowledge of media regulation in Portugal and to present the results of a critical analysis of ERC’s daily performance until the present.

“Media Regulation in Portugal: the ERC’s Case” is founded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation.

More information at project’s website.


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