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Rights vs. reality: minority language broadcasting in South East Europe

Broughton Micova, Sally (2013) Rights vs. reality: minority language broadcasting in South East Europe. Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, 12 (4). pp. 54-79. ISSN 1617-5247

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This article examines the challenges to broadcasting in minority languages in South East Europe. It looks closely at the demand for, and supply and use of, minority language media in two of the successor states to the former Yugoslavia and investigates the constraints on achieving institutional completeness in media for national minorities in those two states. The evidence presented indicates that smallness, defined by both population size and economic conditions, is an important limitation, despite state policies designed to ensure the provision of media in the languages of national minorities. The article also shows how definitional issues and particular historical legacies further complicate the provision of media services for existing national minorities. It considers these problems in the context of the changing broadcasting landscape in which multi-channel subscription services on cable, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and even digital terrestrial television networks (DTT) facilitate cross-border transmission and consumption. The article argues that in this new environment, cultural preservation and identity-related aims might be served within the region of South East Europe, but that the democratic and public participation of national minorities in their home state is at risk. It also points out the specific problems of the minorities without neighbouring kin-states such as the Roma and Vlach.

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Additional Information: © 2013 ECMI Publications Programme
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 16:10
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2021 23:08

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