Poland’s new PM sees punishment from Brussels coming

14 December 2017 / ByJan Strupczewski and Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters Poland’s new prime minister said on Thursday he expected the European Commission to launch an unprecedented punishment procedure against Warsaw next week after months of wrangling over the rule of law. Several thousand people gathered in Poland’s largest towns on Thursday evening to protest against…

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Internet Advocates share their concerns with the European Commission’s Copyright Proposal

June 26, 2017 / by Maud Sacquet, project-disco.org On 15 June 2017, the European Commission’s Digital Vice President Andrus Ansip “lamented Parliament divisions on issues ranging from hyperlinking to text and data mining, after Members of the European Parliament tabled close to a thousand amendments to the copyright file”. As evidenced by recent coalition letters (here, here and here) from consumer representatives,…

Alarming trends in media freedom blight Europe

23 April, 2016 / By Pier Luigi Parcu in Euroactiv.com Freedom of expression and media pluralism are principles enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. Member states are bound to guarantee them, as they represent the essence of liberal democracies. But Pier Luigi Parcu asks whether this is true in practice. Pier Luigi Parcu…

European spectrum policy needs to sustain job growth, media pluralism and quality content

15 mayo 2015 / By European Federation of Journalist The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), together with organisations representing media workers and employers in the creative and cultural industry have called on European policy makers to ensure job growth, media diversity and quality content in the response to the European Commission’s consultation on spectrum policy.…

Europe’s spectrum debate needs to respect media pluralism

28 January 2015 / By European Federation of Journalists Senior representatives from broadcasting, network infrastructure, trade unions and professional organisations call on EU decision-makers to shape an ambitious industrial strategy for Europe’s creative and cultural industries. Europe’s unique radio and audiovisual model is a huge asset for Europe’s competitive position in the digital world, cultural…

EU Is Lagging Behind on the Media Front

3 November 2014 / By Adelina Marini, Zagreb EU can and should have a bigger role in supporting media freedom and pluralism in the EU and beyond. This is how begins the report of the high level group on media pluralism and freedom, established by the former European commissioner for the digital agenda and media, Neelie…

Germany’s RTL Complains to Brussels about Hungary

October 16, 2014 / Walk Street Journal By VERONIKA GULYAS Thursday confirmed it filed an official complaint to the European Commission about Hungary’s advertising tax, saying it hurt media pluralism and was discriminatory. Hungary introduced a new advertising tax this summer levied on revenues with progressive tax rates ranging from 0% to 40%, payable by media…