Why Europe’s right-wing populists hate public broadcasters

“Ibiza-Gate” — the scandal that triggered the collapse of the Austrian government in May — spoke volumes about the way in which Austria’s right-wing populists regard the press and public broadcasters. But they’re not alone — across Europe, the populist right has public media in its sights.

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Controlling the agenda

Collision course

Public broadcasters’ commitment to fact-based and objective reporting also puts them on a collision course with politicians who frequently resort to lies, misinformation and conspiracy theories to make political gains.

An easy target

Journalism in the public interest

Journalist & Researcher. DPhil student Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Research Assistant Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

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