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Media Action Plan and Democracy Action Plan: NEWS and coalition building

Media Action Plan and Democracy Action Plan: NEWS and coalition building The EU’s Media Action Plan and Democracy Action Plan were unveiled today: there is a strong momentum to support a resilient democracy infrastructure, and a healthier media sector with more capacities to innovate. Rebalancing the media ecosystem is needed. This notably takes a clear..

November Newsletter | Time for NEWS bundle to help media transformation

Time for NEWS bundle to help media transformation Support for News media is more important than ever. The EU has many small projects helping news media recover and transform. Media-specific EU-funded projects include existing ones (notably pilots suggested by the Parliament, and also a recent wave regarding digital journalism, fact-checking, media literacy), and also new..

October Newsletter | Towards media recovery through innovation and regulating platforms

Towards media recovery through innovation and regulating platforms There are encouraging signs toward rebalancing the media ecosystem, and also renewing it, if actors move from legislation to actions, including resources to innovate. The US opens greater competition enquiries, which shows that tackling platforms is not anti-American. Also, regarding fair taxation of platforms, it is now..

OPINION | Media recovery beyond regulation: a NEWS bundle across Creative Europe and Horizon, like MEDIA

Media recovery beyond regulation: a NEWS bundle across Creative Europe and Horizon, like MEDIA The current EU budget negotiations risk squeezing programmes like Creative Europe, with the same crumbs as before for the struggling press. In addition to GAFA regulation, and learning from MEDIA dedicated to audiovisual and film, bundling scattered efforts under NEWS could..

PRESS RELEASE | 100 professionals involved, 5 Prizes awarded: ‘Stars4Media’ a success despite Covid

PRESS RELEASE – Thursday October 15th, 2020  During the Media4Europe conference, held yesterday at Europe’s Media Lab (Fondation EURACTIV) in Brussels, the Stars4Media results were unveiled. The project, run by a consortium of media professionals and experts, supports innovation in the media sector, through training and cross-border cooperation. For this first Stars4Media edition, in Spring,..

October Newsletter | EU media innovation: Europe’s MediaLab

A new name behind EU media innovation: Europe’s MediaLab   Set-up in 2003 as a THINK-and-DO tank, Fondation EURACTIV developed media innovation projects and a more proactive EU media policy to support a healthy media sector. Given current health and economic crises, this non-profit organisation advocates for media independence and media pluralism in Europe, helping..

Media readership is higher than ever, but 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: 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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The Open Letter reacting to the EU Action Plan on disinformation was co-signed by six MEPs and six independent media experts (December 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

You can also read this Opinion piece summarising the works of the EU High-Level Expert Group on disinformation (available in EN, FR, DE): Avoid censorship, dilute fake with quality news.