GREECE. Critical junctures in the media transformation process.



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The present study seeks to identify risks and opportunities for deliberative communication in Greece and to flag critical junctures in the development of the media between 2000 and 2020 across the four domains covered by the MEDIADELCOM project: a) legal and ethical regulation, b) journalism, c) media usage patterns, and d) media-related competences. Among the major forces shaping the development of the media during the period under study, the economic recession that the country experienced between 2009 and 2018, and the spread of the internet, certainly stand out. Both these factors had a profound impact on media market structures and on journalism. The effects of digitalization are also evident in changing media use and supply practices. Overall, these forces create risks and opportunities for a media system whose development has been shaped by the close connection between the media and the political system.