Media4Europe newsletter – This is still Fondation EURACTIV’s newsletter, but rebranded Media4Europe for the coming year, given the name of the launching event on November 19th, and the final event in September 2020, for the new programme Stars4media.
Battles, next. Will the EU pick up another fight with Facebook regarding fake news and fake ads? What will be the national responses to Google bypassing the Copyright directive? These questions are the promise of an eventful year in 2020 on both the EU and national policy battlegrounds.
Projects, finally. We are proud to launch, along with diverse partners, an EU-funded pilot project on media innovation and cross-border cooperation. Stars4Media is about upskilling media professionals, the sustainability of the media sector and cross-outlets cooperation. Could this be relevant for your media contacts?
Exchange and training programme on media innovation
This one-year pilot project is coordinated by VUB, in cooperation with Fondation EURACTIV, WAN-IFRA, and EFJ, and co-funded by the European Commission.
- Press release
- Coming soon: Call for expression of interest (applications open until January 20th)
Regulated digital platforms for a fair media ecosystem
Interested experts can contact privately email@example.com or publicly: @LeclercqEU
Disinformation and Platform regulation
“There is a kind of stock and flow problem,” Commissioner Julian King said of Facebook, which admits to hosting some 120m fake accounts, adding “it can have a disproportionate impact because a relatively small number of fake accounts can generate an enormous amount of activity”.
Read more: EU mulls disinformation regulation but admits alert system has ‘never been triggered’, by Samuel Stolton
On November 20th, big press organisations and Agence France Presse filed a complaint against Google with the French Competition Authority. They are accusing the American giant of imposing their conditions unilateraly, despite the Copyright directive. Indeed, the “neighbouring rights” are meant to promote a better sharing of digital revenues.
In October, during a joint press conference with Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron called on European competition authorities to initiate “as soon as possible all possible proceedings” against digital platforms that do not comply with the rules on “neighbouring rights”.“Some actors like Google want to free themselves from it. We will not let this happen and very clearly ask national and European competition authorities to examine and initiate as soon as possible all possible procedures and beyond,” Emmanuel Macron added. (Ouest-France: “Sur les droits voisins, Emmanuel Macron veut utiliser le niveau européen pour faire fléchir Google“)
Cédric O, secrétaire d’État en charge du numérique a expliqué: “Il y a une décision prise par des États démocratiquement élus qui souhaitent qu’il y ait le meilleur partage de la valeur dans le cadre de la diffusion de l’information”.Droits voisins. Pour le ministre, Google et les Gafam « ne peuvent pas faire régner leurs lois », Ouest-France.
Google une fois de plus au-dessus des lois ? – Tribune co-signée par 1500 journalistes, éditeurs et personnalités de la presse européenne (dont Christophe Leclercq pour EURACTIV). This Open Letter is available in 5 languages: Google once again above the law? (EN, FR, DE, ES, IT)
As Google Backlashes Have Risen And Fallen, So Have Its Grants To News Organizations, Alex Kantrowitz, Buzfeed
If Journalists Want to Save Journalism, They Should Stop Asking Google for Money, Stefano Feltri, Pro Market
The Media Economics Programme by VUB-SMIT: Do you want to become an expert in diverse aspects of media economics? Are you keen on updating yourself on the economics of journalism, platform competition, etc.? The Postgraduate in Media Economics is a new programme at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
THINK – Proactive media policy for healthy democracies
EESC Conference – November 5th, Brussels
This month’s quotes
Read more: The Contract for the Web