March 9: Public Lecture: Media Pluralism: Threats and Risks

Lecturer: Professor Peggy Valcke, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Discussants:

  • Media pluralism in China? by Ying Chan (Director and Professor, Co-director of China Media Project, JMSC)
  • Media Pluralism in Hong Kong by Doreen Weisenhaus (Director of the Media Law Project & Associate Professor, JMSC)
  • What is media (pluralism) when anyone can publish? by Jonathan Stray (computer specialist, blogger, current MJ student at JMSC)

Moderator: Miklos Sukosd (Associate Professor, JMSC, co-author of Independent Study on Indicators for Media Pluralism )

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Time: 4 – 6 pm
Venue: Foundation Chamber, Eliot Hall, The University of Hong Kong

About the Lecture:

The lecture explores the concepts of media pluralism and how to measure threats and risks to media pluralism. Professor Valcke will also present the Media Pluralism Monitor, the outcome of the Independent Study on Indicators for Media Pluralism (a major European Union project that she directed).  The discussion investigates whether and how the concept of media pluralism can be used in China and Hong Kong in an era characterised by a major shift from traditional to online media.

About the Lecturer:

Peggy Valcke is a leading European expert on media and internet law. She is research professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (C.U.Leuven) and teaches media law at the Catholic University of Brussels (H.U.Brussel). She is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT, a research centre at the Faculty of Law of C.U.Leuven, which specialises in legal aspects of the information society.

In 2006, she was visiting professor at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and lecturer in the Oxford/Annenberg Summer School.

She is a member of the General Chamber in the Flemish Media Regulator and the Belgian Competition Council. She is a frequently invited speaker at conferences and expert workshops and has published widely in international journals (in English, French, German and Dutch) on a broad range of topics relating to electronic communications law, media law and competition law.

She edits the International Encyclopedia of Media Law and is a member of the editorial board of several journals including The Journal of Media Law; Computer, Law and Security Review; and e-Competitions. She also participated in OfcomWatch (a weblog about communications policy and regulation in the UK and Europe).

All are welcome.

Enquirie: Kylie Chan at kyliec@hku.hk or 22194416.