Social media and disinformation, devolution of broadcasting and funding Welsh media; we ask the parties where they stand.
As Wales’ response to the coronavirus pandemic differentiated itself from other UK countries’, questions once again emerged about the strength of the media in Wales and whether people were adequately informed about where power lies in the UK.
And over the last five years, social media misinformation and disinformation has emerged as one of the most important issues facing any democracy in the modern age.
Today, we publish our Media Priorities for the next Senedd, and we asked Wales’ political parties four Big Questions on issues facing the country over the next few years.
You can read our analysis of the responses received tomorrow and you can also sign up to receive this article, and other Welsh agenda online pieces straight to your inbox here.
The democratic deficit in Wales’ media remains an issue, despite some positive progress over the last five years. The IWA believes the next Welsh Government needs to do more, starting by creating a contestable fund for independent news of at least £1m per year (as set out in our Media Priorities document).
Would your party take forward this proposal in government? What other steps would you take to support Wales’ media?
How would you engage with the development of this new body in opposition?
We believe there is a clear gap in accountability of Public Service Media organisations (PSMs) to the Senedd around broadcasting.
There should be further devolution of broadcasting policy, but this should be developed through constructive engagement with the UK government, seeking to identify specific changes for specific goals.
Would your party support further devolution of broadcasting? If yes, what specific aspects of policy should be devolved as a priority, and to what end?
If no, what other steps would you take to improve accountability of PSMs to the Senedd?
The creative industries, and the screen sector in particular, are an economic success story for Wales. We believe that Creative Wales should be the home for an ambitious creative industries strategy.
What policies do your party have to support and grow the creative industries in Wales?
Misinformation and disinformation through social media are increasingly recognised as a factor in modern elections.
Voters in Wales should have confidence that all parties in elections are playing by the same rules. The IWA believes the successor to the Senedd’s Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee should undertake an inquiry into the use of social media in the 2021 Senedd election, to explore whether this is a problem in Wales.
Parties should commit to supporting such an inquiry before the election, making clear that the purpose of this is not to bring the result into question.
Will you commit to supporting such an inquiry in the next Senedd?
We approached nine of the parties fielding candidates in the election, and five of them responded.
You can read the parties’ response to our Big Questions on the economy here.
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