Document Type

Book Chapter


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Information science (social aspects), Media and socio-cultural communication

Publication Details

Grandío, M.-M., Dilli, S., & O’Neill, B. (2017). 3 Legal frameworks for Media and Information Literacy. In Divina Frau-Meigs, Julieta Flores Michel, & Irma Velez (Eds.), Public policies in media and information literacy in Europe : cross-country comparisons (p. 116). Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor and Francis.


Across Europe and beyond, efforts are growing to promote the wider use of digital media by all citizens - adults and young people alike. As such, an increasingly prominent role is being given to the notion that media literacy is a precondition for full and effective participation in contemporary societies. In such a context, interests of policymakers focusing on promoting the benefits of a wider societal digital participation intersect with the traditional function of media literacy to promote enhanced skills and competencies of citizens to access, create and understand media content. Accordingly, a concern with media literacy has moved from being a matter solely of interest to media educationalists to a question of public policy with a variety of stakeholders and actors involved in the process. As a result, Media Information Literacy (MIL), particularly in a digital context, is now a recurring theme within policy platforms dedicated to culture, education and greater social cohesion.