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Europe’s media sector: time for a constructive optimism?

Europe’s media sector: time for a constructive optimism? Covid is finally loosening its grip on Europe. Things are fortunately slowly going back to normal, not for the media sector though. The shift to digital during the pandemic strengthened dominant US players even more. And there is no rowing back, this trend is meant to stay. So..

Christophe Leclercq moderates session at the Portuguese Presidency High Level Conference ‘’Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism’’

Portuguese Presidency High Level Conference ‘’Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism’’  On May 12, Christophe Leclercq moderated a session on ‘’AI and the future of journalism’’ during the High Level Conference organised by the Portuguese Presidency. Among the panelists, Commissioner for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová addressed the current issues in the media sector,..


Would a real-time video fact-checker help fight disinformation? Is Artificial Intelligence a threat or a tool for media professionals? Are newsletters still useful in community-building? These were some of the questions addressed in the proposals received during the Stars4Media First Call for Initiatives. Concluded on 1 May, it gathered 330 media professionals from 150 media..


#STARS4MEDIA LAB CALLS FOR STRUCTURED SUPPORT TO MEDIA INNOVATION The #Stars4Media Lab on ‘The Future of Innovation in the European Media Sector’ took place Tuesday, May 25th. The event included high-level interventions, expert insights and practical examples. It underlined the need for structured and permanent funding, rebalancing of the info eco-system and modernising of the..

#Stars4Media Lab

#STARS4MEDIA LAB Media innovations: growing in number, speed & bottom-up! Tuesday 25 May, 10.00 – 12.30 CEST What will the future European Media Sector look like? What is the impact of user behaviour, especially of younger users? Are media companies taking action on these new habits, and how? This is the focus of the #Stars4Media Lab, taking place online..

NEWSLETTER | Industrial Transformation: time for change management

Industrial Transformation: time for change management  End of March, the European Commission launched the European News Media Forum with a structured dialogue on the safety of journalists. Helping journalists work safely is essential to their role, crucial in our democracies. Equally critical is a sustainable news media ecosystem, where priorities are for journalists to get paid, and where money is invested in technology. Stable..

Europe’s media sector may not survive the Coronavirus crisis.

Read our open letter, co-signed by 28 MEPs and media stakeholders, calling on the European Commission President von der Leyen, to support a “Coronavirus Media Action Plan” to protect the infrastructure of our democracy (March 2020): Health, trust and journalism: a Coronavirus Plan for the Media

Open Letter to the Commission President von der Leyen, co-signed by 15 MEPs, former MEPs, and media experts (December 2019): Democracy and Digital: trusted media & platform regulation: Democratic debates require trusted information, less economic pressure on media, and more policy pressure on platforms. Supporting citizens’ choices, three concepts will help: ‘co-regulation’, ‘trust indicators’, ‘systemic publishing platforms’.”

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Media policy: EU's high-level expert group on disinformation (2018)

In 2018, Christophe Leclercq was one of the experts on the EU High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on disinformation. Read the report of the HLEG published in March 2018: Final report of the High Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation. This Opinion piece is summarising the works of the EU High-Level Expert Group on disinformation : Avoid censorship, dilute fake with quality news (available in EN, FR, DE).

The Open Letter reacting to the EU Action Plan on disinformation was co-signed by six MEPs and six independent media experts (December 2018): Beyond fake news: Strategic options for media ahead of EU elections (FR, DE). Three adapted versions of this Open Letter have been published in FR (Le Monde), IT (Italia Oggi), ES (El Pais).