The influence of the Council of Europe and other European institutions on the media law system in post-Soviet states
(Moscow State University, Russia)
ABSTRACT: In the post-Soviet states of today globalization is taking place predominantly to the West’s values for human rights and fundamental freedoms. This process is being driven by such international organizations as the European Union, Council of Europe and OSCE, which operate here primarily as human-rights protectors. These organizations have exerted significant pressure on the authorities in the countries in this study, especially Azerbaijan, Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine. The media reforms that international bodies are influencing in these countries are generally leading towards a more robust model for independent journalism. The concept of freedom of mass information is reviving, state broadcasters are being turned into public-service, and other changes are taking place.