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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

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Info ecosystem rebalancing: acceleration possible! | May Newsletter

Commissaire Breton, après le tourisme: média et démocratie? Congratulations, recovery of Southern Europe and of holidays is on the map! Helping travel and hospitality through these financial guidelines, tourism is a high priority for the upcoming recovery plan. Why this mention by a media think tank? Because news media needs equal attention, equally urgently. When tourists go home..

Health, trust and journalism: a Coronavirus Plan for the Media

The current Coronavirus pandemic impacts our democracy infrastructure. Like banks during the financial crisis, will the media be saved? For this, institutions and governments should take short term actions, while continuing to work on medium term policy-making. In this Open Letter to the President of the EU Commission, media stakeholders and experts, in a personal..

Press Freedom and Europe: Wolves, vultures, trolls… plus knights and journalists

The media and the EU face similar dangers: Dark forces, impoverishment, and slow decisions. Press Freedom Day was on May 3rd, Europe Day on May 9th, and a key Council of Ministers for Culture and Media meeting takes place on May 19th. Christophe Leclercq, who established Fondation EURACTIV and the EURACTIV media network,  creatively illustrates..

Saving the media sector: a short window of opportunity | April Newsletter

Saving the media sector: a short window of opportunity Media companies innovate faster than ever – running for their lives, in fact. For example, launching digital events and monetising their booming readership. Alas – outside public broadcasting – that will not be enough. The sector needs help on three fronts: emergency aid, fair platform regulation,..

Media companies need skills & innovation: discover the first Stars4Media selected participants

PRESS RELEASE – Brussels, April 16th, 2020  Media companies need skills & innovation: discover the first Stars4Media selected participants More than ever before media companies need new skills and innovation. The Stars4Media programme is offering financial and constructive support to inspire change in the media sector. The first selection awarded six innovative proposals to be..

March Newsletter | Health matters: a coronavirus plan for the media

Health matters: a Coronavirus Plan for the Media First, best wishes to all readers, for their personal and economic health! Indeed, economic too. Crises are times to reconsider priorities and innovate faster. The Coronavirus emergency is a wake-up call for our democracies and the media sector. Indeed, disinformation is spreading – making the pandemic also..

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, and published in 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.