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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 25 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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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..

Democracy and Digital: the answer of the European Commission to our Open Letter

We gladly publish the answer to our Open Letter ”Democracy and Digital: trusted media and platform regulation’‘ as received by the European Commission, co-signed by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and Vice-President Věra Jourová. Here is the link to he original document. *** Dear Mr Leclercq, We would like to thank you and the co-signatories for..

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..

February Newsletter: What is in the EU digital strategy for the media ecosystem?

What is in the EU digital strategy for the media ecosystem? The EU’s digital strategy was presented on February 19, just days after Facebook’s founder visited Brussels. He proved to be open to platform regulation and suggested a regulatory category between telecommunications infrastructure and media. A proposal to be deepened, as stakeholders and us suggested in our Open Letter “Trusted Media and..

Stars4Media Lab virtual event | 30 March – 1 April

Stars4Media Lab – the Stars4Media Training and Presentation Virtual Event Registration Open | 30 March – 1 April 2020, VUB Brussels and online  Who can participate?  Stars4Media participants who have already applied and been pre-selected for the programme Stars4Media participants who have applied but are still looking for a media partner Interested young media professionals..

January Newsletter | Steps towards a better media ecosystem

Dear reader, After setting itself “top 6” priorities, including democracy and digital, the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen now gets to grips with coordinating media-related policies. In line with our Op-Ed “Cooperation of four key Commissioner needed for healthy media, democracy”, we welcome the setup of a dedicated media project group of Commissioners…

Open Letter to the Commission President von der Leyen, co-signed by five MEPs and former MEPs, and ten policy and media experts: 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 the von der Leyen Commission: ‘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.