Media

Digital & Media 20-04-2021

Commission to propose a European Media Freedom Act, Breton says

In a speech delivered to the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education on Monday (19 April), the EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton raised for the first time a proposal for a European Media Freedom Act. 
Digital & Media 12-04-2021

Orban-friendly owner gets Hungary independent radio frequency

A Hungarian radio station critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that was forced off the air in February said Sunday (11 April) its former frequency had been handed to a station owned by a government-friendly group.
Digital & Media 09-04-2021

Greece shocked by cold-blooded assassination of journalist

A famous Greek journalist covering police-related issues was assassinated on Friday in a mafia-style cold-blooded execution in front of his house, causing shock in Greek society.  
Digital & Media 31-03-2021

Google to contribute €25 million to new EU fund to fight fake news

Alphabet unit Google will contribute 25 million euros to the newly set up European Media and Information Fund to combat fake news, the company said on Wednesday (31 March), amid criticism tech giants are not doing enough to debunk online disinformation.
Digital & Media 29-03-2021

Orbán’s influence on the media is without rival in Hungary

The state of Hungary’s media has become the focus of intense public debate at home and across Europe after the national Media Council, run exclusively by people from the ruling Fidesz party, revoked the opposition Klubrádió’s frequency in February. EURACTIV's media partner Telex takes stock of the country's media landscape.
Elections 16-03-2021

Council of Europe voices concern on Polish media laws

Europe's top human rights body on Tuesday (16 March) voiced concern over two draft media laws in Poland and warned about the possible "suffocation of independent media outlets".

The Brief, powered by amfori – EU’s ‘toolbox fetishism’

Next to the rule of law dilemma, growing assaults on media freedom are posing another test for the EU’s resolve and unity. The question is whether yet another ‘toolbox’ can solve the problem. Do you remember the then European Commissioner...
#Media4EU 11-03-2021

Media4Europe: Quality news suffers, skills and funding required

On 3 March 2021, the Media4Europe Summit gathered 200 media professionals, key policymakers and publishers,  around the theme “Towards a healthy news media sector?”. The event was also the official launch of the second edition of the Stars4Media innovation exchange...
Digital & Media 10-03-2021

Beyond Brussels policies: leadership for Europe’s news media sector

EU initiatives from last December may help renew the news media sector, if implemented fast and jointly. In an open letter, Christoph Leclercq, Marc Sundermann and Paolo Cesarini call for leadership from Berlin, Paris and the Council, and from the press leaders themselves.
Elections 10-03-2021

Watchdog warns of ‘dire press situation’ ahead of Bulgarian elections

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday (10 March) published 10 recommendations  to address what they called “the dire press freedom situation in Bulgaria”, ahead of elections early next month. 
Europe's East 08-03-2021

Belarus journalists struggle as crackdown on media intensifies

The case of two female Belarussian journalists jailed in February for reporting about protests in Minsk once again highlighted the severity of the government's crackdown on news media in the former Soviet republic.
Non-discrimination 05-03-2021

Hungarian media watchdog targets LGBTQI TV campaign

Hungary's media authority has initiated proceedings against RTL Hungary media group for broadcasting an advert aimed at boosting acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer and intersexual (LGBTQI) families.
Digital & Media 04-03-2021

European Commission pledges support for struggling media sector

The European Commission is set to implement an action plan to support Europe’s media sector, which is facing an economic crisis, Vera Jourova, Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency told a EURACTIV event on Wednesday (3 March). “Strengthening media freedom...
Digital & Media 25-02-2021

Deutsche Welle resumes Hungarian service amid free press fears

Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has begun producing material in Hungarian for the first time in decades, driven by concerns at declining media plurality and press freedom in the fellow European Union member.
Digital & Media 23-02-2021

Suspect in Daphne Caruana’s murder pleads guilty

One of three men accused of the 2017 assassination of Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia pleaded guilty Tuesday (23 February), a major development in a case that has rocked the Mediterranean island nation.
Digital & Media 19-02-2021

EU condemns Slovenia PM’s online attack on journalists

Brussels on Thursday (18 February) condemned Slovenia's prime minister for online personal attacks against journalists reporting on the deterioration of rule of law in his country, which will take on the rotating EU presidency in July.
Digital & Media 17-02-2021

News Corp signs news partnership deal with Google

News Corp struck a global news deal with Alphabet Inc’s Google, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled media company said on Wednesday (17 February), in one of the most extensive deals of its kind with big tech.
Digital & Media 10-02-2021

Private Polish media go off air to protest new tax

A range of private media outlets went off the air in Poland on Wednesday (10 February), running blank pages and slogans such as "this used to be your favourite programme," in protest against a proposed media advertising tax they say threatens journalistic independence and diversity.
Future EU 03-02-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Who’s afraid of the press?

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has developed an unhealthy habit of avoiding press questions in public and carefully dosing her words to European media, while being seemingly omnipresent in a selected few, mostly German, publications. After refusing to...
Digital & Media 22-01-2021

After Trump: Rule of law and Big Tech Regulation

The stunning events in Washington on January 6th not only showed the fragility of modern democracies but also demonstrated the untamed power of Big Tech, writes Marc Sundermann, Paolo Cesarini and Christophe Leclercq.
Digital & Media 18-01-2021

New player shakes up Bulgarian media landscape

United Group, a leading multi-play telecoms and media provider in South-East Europe, has bought a large chunk of the Bulgarian media, as its latest acquisition was cleared by the country’s anti-cartel body on Monday (18 January). 
Digital & Media 14-01-2021

Slovenia resumes funding news agency after EU warning

The Slovenian government said on Thursday (14 January) it had restored the financing of national news agency STA after Brussels warned against any attempt to pressure public media outlets.
Elections 17-12-2020

Macron and the moguls: media strategies ahead of the presidential election

Behind the corporate battle for French media company Lagardère, there’s a political tug-of-war involving the country’s richest man, a media magnate and President Emmanuel Macron.
Vivendi’s pay-TV arm Canal+ won on Wednesday (9 December) its court fight against a deal between EU competition regulators and Paramount Pictures in which the U.S. studio agreed to scrap movie-licensing deals with British pay-TV group Sky UK.
Digital & Media 09-12-2020

Canal+ wins court fight against EU, Paramount movie-licensing deal

Vivendi’s pay-TV arm Canal+ won on Wednesday its court fight against a deal between EU competition regulators and Paramount Pictures in which the U.S. studio agreed to scrap movie-licensing deals with British pay-TV group Sky UK.