Proposal for a Regulation establishing a common framework for media services in the internal market (European Media Freedom Act) and amending Directive 2010/13/EU

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Publication Date 16/09/2022
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 16 September 2022, setting out a common framework aimed at protecting media pluralism and independence in the European Union (EU). It is known as the European Media Freedom Act. This is a text with EEA relevance.

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The proposed Regulation includes, among others, safeguards against political interference in editorial decisions and against surveillance. It puts a focus on the independence and stable funding of public service media as well as on the transparency of media ownership and of the allocation of state advertising. It also sets out measures to protect independence of editors and disclose conflicts of interest. Finally, the Act aims to address the issue of media concentrations and create a new independent European Board for Media Services, comprised of national media authorities.

The draft law was tabled by the European Commission on 16 September 2022, alongside a Recommendation focusing  on internal safeguards for editorial independence and ownership transparency in the media sector.

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Hungary Today: Opinion, 13/09/2022: The EU’s Media Freedom Act is a Concealed Threat to the Freedom of Speech
European Centre for Press & Media Freedom (ECPMF): Joint Statement on the Proposal for the European Media Freedom Act (16 September 2022)
London School of Economics (LSE): EUROPP Blog, 16/09/2022: The democratic fightback has begun: The European Commission’s new European Media Freedom Act
Article 19: Resources, 16/09/2022: EU: Media Freedom Act is an important step in safeguarding media plurality
European Publishers Council (EPC): News, 16/09/2022: European Commission unveils bold and ambitious Media Freedom Act
Reporters Without Borders (RSF), 16/09/2022: Proposed European Media Freedom Act adopts the approach of the New Deal for Journalism
European Policy Centre (EPC): Events, 19/09/2022: The Media Freedom Act: enforcing media pluralism for resilient European democracies?

Politico, 08/09/2022: EU aims to shield media from state interference
EurActiv, 08/09/2022: Commission to present new media law, leaving ownership unaddressed
Deutsche Welle, 16/09/2022: EU's media act steps up fight for press freedom
France24, 16/09/2022: European Union toughens stance on state meddling in media
Reuters, 16/09/2022: EU wants to ensure independent media, tougher media mergers rules
EUObserver, 16/09/2022: New EU media bill seeks to curtail government meddling
Le Monde, 16/09/2022: Brussels wants to legislate to preserve European media freedom and independence
Associated Press (AP News), 16/09/2022: EU drafts media act amid concern over spying, state pressure
Balkan Insight, 16/09/2022: EU adopts measures to defend media pluralism and independence
RFI News, 19/09/2022: European Commission adopts media legislation to protect press freedom

EUR-LEX: SWD(2022)286: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment Report
EUR-LEX: SWD(2022)287: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment Report
European Commission: Press Release, 16/09/2022: European Media Freedom Act: Commission proposes rules to protect media pluralism and independence in the EU
European Commission: Questions & Answers: European Media Freedom Act (16 September 2022)
S&D EP Group: Newsroom, 16/09/2022: EU Media Freedom Act essential to stop disinformation, propaganda and threats to independent journalism

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