Germany is a federal parliamentary republic. Its division into 16 states results from the tradition and history of Germany, which was united in 1871. The cultural and regional differences between the states are reflected in the structure of the media system in Germany. The regional press has always played an important role in German society.

German society has always maintained a high level of literacy, which is connected to the relatively early provision of common education by the Protestant Church. Germany used to be called the press country. Liberal freedom of the press coexists with state interventionism in Germany. This entry provides an overview of the German media market and discussion of the most important media corporations in Germany, print publications, the radio and television market, ...

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