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Global media policy in a new media world

City academic publishes book examining media and communication policy in a global environment
by Hollie Jenkins

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Following in the wake of the recent phone hacking scandal, which placed the interaction between global media corporations, media policy, regulation and the law in the spotlight, Dr Petros Iosifidis, Reader at City University London has published a new book focusing on global media policy.

Global Media and Communication Policy, published by Palgrave Macmillan, seeks to look at the issue of media policy in an increasingly international media environment.

The launch event for the book included talks from Mark Wheeler, Professor of Political Communications, London Metropolitan University and Dr. Michael Starks, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, who also officially launched the book.

Author of the book, Dr Iosifidis says: "The growth of online news, the growth and dominance of international media organisations and the convergence of media channels means that the media we consume is no longer restricted by geographic boundaries.

"During the recent phone hacking scandal we saw a multi-national organisation facing legal and political issues in one market, but the implications for the organisation were felt across the globe.

 "As media consistently expands beyond national boundaries, there is a requirement for discussion, research and commentary around the policy and institutional arrangements that are needed and already in place around the world.

"This book looks at the tensions between the different players, including the state, industry, supranational venues like the World Trade Organization and UNESCO, and the civil society including non -governmental organizations, at local, national and international levels and takes a critical yet measured approach to looking at this from both a theoretical and practical perspective."

More information on the book, including a preview.

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