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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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Digital Services Act and Democracy Action Plan consultations: Fondation EURACTIV Europe’s MediaLab responses

Process: from policy analysis to action, not just statement and law-making Fondation EURACTIV Europe’s MediaLab, the think-and-do tank for a healthy media sector, has provided its inputs on these public consultations launched by the European Commission: – Democracy Action Plan (download the pdf) – Digital Services Act (download the pdf) Indeed, we believe that these..

Democracy is at stake: time to regulate social media platforms | August Newsletter

Democracy is at stake: time to regulate social media platforms The well-deserved summer break is over. Policy makers, stakeholders and lobbyists are back in action. Prolonged Covid 19 uncertainty, economic crisis and political instability have further accelerated the decline of the news and media sector. Many of the small and medium sized companies are likely..

Democracy beyond Summit talk and legalese | July Newsletter

Democracy: beyond Summit talk and legalese Early during the lockdown, this think-do tank and other stakeholders warned about the worsened media crisis, and asked for short term help to the sector, not only policy guidelines. Meanwhile,  debates were constructive, but – apart from horizontal measures – there is media-specific short term aid only in few European..

Recovery of the media: looking for coordination and coalition | June Newsletter

Recovery of the media: looking for coordination and coalition Under the recent EC joint communication Tackling COVID-19 disinformation – Getting the facts right of June 10th, free and independent media are now recognised as an essential service. However, no progress has been made on a comprehensive Media Action Plan. Foreseen for the fourth quarter, not much time..

Skills & innovation for media: discover the Stars4Media Pilot Project

The Stars4Media Pilot Project is supporting innovation in the media sector, through training and cross border cooperation. For its first edition, Stars4Media will support 21 innovative partnerships, bridging 100 media professionals from 17 countries. Out of all beneficiaries, 47% are women, 30% work as journalists, while the rest come from other professional backgrounds such as..

Digital Services Act Consultation: 8 Recommendations to help rebalancing the media ecosystem

Contribution DSA Consultation – Fondation EURACTIV (pdf) The Digital Services Act (DSA) will be unveiled in Q4 2020, as announced in the EU Digital Strategy adopted in February. The DSA is set to provide for an ex ante regulation to ensure that “the systemic role of certain online platforms and the market power they acquire..

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.