From the point of view of a student interested in audiovisual media regulation, a researcher or a newly recruited staff member of an independent media regulatory authority, gathering information on the subject and catching up can be a demanding if not impossible task.
In fact, the regulation of the audiovisual media is at the crossroads of a large number of fundamental rights and freedoms: freedom of expression, the right to pluralistic and diversified information, respect for the rights of individuals and in particular privacy and personal data, freedom of enterprise, promotion of cultural diversity, child protection, protection of the public against certain abusive advertising techniques, the fight against speech inciting to hatred and discrimination, respect for fair competition, media and information literacy (MIL) … It will therefore affect and imply a large number of public and private actors, who will constantly feed the framework in which the regulation is practiced, but who will also influence it, even more so in a context of very rapid transformations of technologies and uses.
In addition, regulation as a mode of governance is still poorly understood, not only among the public, but also within academia and sometimes even within the regulatory authorities themselves. As Jacques Chevallier notes, the unity of the administration is in fact generally “ensured by the existence of two types of organic links: the hierarchy, which takes the form of relationships of direct subordination, and administrative supervision, which submits personalized bodies to State control. However, we have seen the emergence in the administrative universe of structures placed outside the hierarchy, escaping any power of instruction and control and enjoying a legally guaranteed freedom of action; this appearance calls into question the foundations of the construction of the administration, and, beyond that, the very conception of the State”. However, this questioning remains largely unthought, and very rarely taught.
It is therefore necessary to have tool with a broad vocation that allows students, researchers and staff of media regulatory authorities, as well as any other person interested in this array of subjects, to find material likely to feed their thinking, strengthen their knowledge and expertise and keep abreast of the most recent developments.
It is in this context that the creation of a resource center on media regulation (MRRC) takes place.
The main objectives of the center are to:
- share news in the areas of media regulation and media and information literacy
- present the regulatory bodies on a global scale
- put documentary resources online, accessible via thematic categories and subcategories
- upload audiovisual resources (conferences, webinars, etc.)
- upload sound resources (podcasts)
- create possible spaces of exchange for researchers and experts in the field of media regulation.
The center is dedicated to the following audiences:
- institutional actors in the field of audiovisual media regulation
- audiovisual media regulatory authorities
- media self-regulatory bodies
- students and researchers in the audiovisual field
- journalists and media companies
- anyone who is directly or indirectly interested in the audiovisual field.