International stakes of audiovisual images’ regulation

Regulating the media in general and television images in particular must be considered more in a supranational framework. As national borders let all sorts of externally conceived and broadcast programs come through to viewers, isolated regulators find themselves at a loss when exercising some of their core missions. Only joint regulation – and a regional framework is the most appropriate in this perspective – could allow to solve certain problems and to meet common (economical, cultural, social and political) challenges related to the accelerated and increasingly less controllable circulation of television images. Multiplying the established regulators’ networks, as well as their awareness of the necessity of regulation and regulatory practices harmonization, may forecast the mid-term or long-term birth of an international regulation type.