“Having self-governing structures contributes to the creation of Media landscapes that protect language diversity”

Argues Dr. Sergiusz Bober, Senior Researcher at the European Centre for Minority Issues

News / 30.7.22

Sergiusz Bober, Senior Researcher at the European Centre for Minority Issues, gave a keynote speech at the 2022 Summer School on National Minorities and Border Regions in the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Basque Country.

It is important to emphasize that minority communities, and specifically minority language communities, have the right to discuss the issues of significance for minority communities, but also broader issues affecting all society, in their minority language through minority language media. This right should unquestionably be respected.

In this context, it is very important for policymakers to understand that they need to create the conditions for this to become possible. Such conditions imply of course the mobilisation of the necessary funding.

It is not easy to create, run and organize minority language media outlets, but this can happen for example through trainings for journalists and exchange of ideas with majority language media.

Therefore, it is clear that policymakers are an important factor in creating a plural context in which minorities can debate issues of significance for themselves and for majorities in their own languages. This will help the coexistence of minorities and majorities.

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