The media sector in Europe is faced with a crisis of legitimacy, according to media experts from six different countries. Other challenges include concentration movements, misinformation about Europe and what EU reporting will be like after Brexit.
The #Media4EU editorial series interviewed more than 30 media experts from six countries about the parallel between the crises facing the sector and those facing Europe itself, as well as ways to foster better cooperate.
The Polish media sector is struggling to innovate under increasing government pressure. Three leading publications from different parts of the political spectrum explained some of these tensions during the #Media4EU series.
EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission has finally decided to “look seriously” at the many problems plaguing Euronews, the TV station created in 1992 as a “European response” to CNN, according to official letters seen by Euractiv.com.
Paweł Lisicki, editor-in-chief of the conservative weekly Do Rzeczy, sees “no apparent threat to freedom of speech” in Poland, saying left-wing media outlets were currently suffering only because they lost their privileges under the new government.
The election of Donald Trump in the United States, helped by the far-right opinion news site Breitbart, is not a one-off event, says Victor Fleurot, a communication expert and self-proclaimed "visual activist", in an interview with Euractiv.com.
The EU has brought countries together more than even before, but the lack of a common debate is problematic. The Leading European Newspaper Alliance (LENA) is working towards this goal by bringing together seven newsrooms from seven European countries.
The economic crisis brought about a general malaise and Europe was used as a scapegoat, says Italian newspaper La Stampa's Marco Zatterin. However, exchange programmes for media professionals could be the key to revitalising EU reporting.
Italian newspapers have been struggling to keep up with new technologies during the country's eight-year recession, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Class Editori Gabriele Capolino, told Christophe Leclerc.
Poland's largest broadsheet newspaper is struggling as a result of a Polish government "boycott" which cut off both public and private funding, warns the online editor of Gazeta Wyborcza, who calls on the European Union for help.
More than 80% of Polish citizens support the EU so European institutions can afford to pay attention to freedom of expression and media laws in Poland, Bogusław Chrabota said in interview with EURACTIV.com.
European leaders can't keep pretending freedom of movement is not an issue. Whether, in the context of Brexit or the migration crisis, inaction is undermining people's confidence in the EU, says Emma Tucker.
Readers of The Economist probably voted quite strongly to remain in the European Union and so lost the argument over Brexit, says John Peet. But as people start to worry about the economic consequences of Brexit, public opinion could shift towards a solution that minimises the damage, he argues.
The European project needs a truly European public opinion and the media can help construct it. The EU institutions should work with national media to inform citizens and combat populism, José Manuel Sanz Mingote told EURACTIV's founder Christophe Leclercq.
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Sebastian Turner is the publisher and part-owner of Der Tagesspiegel. Based in Berlin, the seventy-one-year-old newspaper is considered one of Germany's most influential dailies. In a #Media4EU interview with Christophe Leclercq, the founder of EURACTIV, Turner explained why the media should not be owned by oligarchs and how the sector will reform itself.
The breadth and depth of the purges carried out following the coup attempt in Turkey was exposed today (19 December), after the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly published facts and figures showing the extent of the crackdown.
The number of journalists detained worldwide rose in 2016, an increase related to Turkey where more than 100 journalists and media contributors are in jail, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said yesterday (12 December).