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International Assistance and Media Democratization in the Western Balkans: A Cross-National Comparison

Kristina Irion, University of Amsterdam, Central European University
Tarik Jusic, Analitika-Center for Social Research

Commercial Drones and the Phantom Menace

Timothy M. Ravich, University of Central Florida, College of Health and Public Affairs - Assistant Professor, Legal Studies

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"International Assistance and Media Democratization in the Western Balkans: A Cross-National Comparison" Free Download
Global Media Journal 4(2), 2014, Forthcoming
Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2014-61
Institute for Information Law Research Paper No. 2014-06

KRISTINA IRION, University of Amsterdam, Central European University
TARIK JUSIC, Analitika-Center for Social Research

International media assistance programs accompanied the democratic media transition in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia with varying intensity. In addition, these countries untertook a range of media reforms to conform with accession requirements of the European Union (EU) and the standards of the Council of Europe, among others. This article explores the nexus between the democratic transformation of the media and international media assistance as constrained by the local political conditions in the five countries of the Western Balkans. It aims to enhance the understanding of conditions and factors that influence media institution building in the region and evaluates the role of international assistance programs and conditionality mechanisms herein.

The cross-national analysis concludes that the effects of IMA are highly constrained by the local context. A decade of IMA of varying intensity is not sufficient to construct media institutions when for their proper functioning they have to outperform their local context. From today’s vantage point it becomes obvious, that in the short-term scaling IMA does not necessarily improve outcomes. The experiences in the region suggest that imported solutions have not been very cognitive in all aspects of local conditions but international strategies tent to be rather schematic and lacked strategic approaches to promote media policy stability, credible media reform and implementation. To a certain extent, the loss of IMA effectiveness is also self-afflicted.

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Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law (Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute) Forthcoming

TIMOTHY M. RAVICH, University of Central Florida, College of Health and Public Affairs - Assistant Professor, Legal Studies

Unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs?) — commonly referred to as “drones? — get a lot of bad press. Their operations are portrayed as a clear and present danger to privacy and property rights — the constitutional equivalent of falsely shouting “fire? in a crowded theater for First Amendment purposes. In regular conversation, the pejorative “drone? is used instead of the proper “UAV? to connote danger, imminent and otherwise. This is understandable given the technology’s military origins. “Drones? are hunter-killer robots with scary names like “Predator? and “Reaper.? They are scary “smart? with robust intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance capabilities. In the “war on terror,? they stalk human beings with indefatigable persistence and kill them with “Hellfire? missiles. Unfortunately, this context overshadows the many civil and commercial uses of UAVs, including natural gas pipeline monitoring, agriculture remote sensing, and aerial cinematography. This article is the first to examine the current UAV regulatory environment as applied to the media and entertainment industry.


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