The European Commission wants to improve conditions for journalists’ independent work and multiple media in European Union member states. Vice President of the Federal Executive Board, Vera Youlova, has introduced new rules aimed at limiting the influence of state authorities over the public media, ensuring transparency of media ownership and preventing surveillance of journalists’ communications. presented a proposal. .
In recent years, Brussels has criticized restrictions on media diversity in Hungary and expressed concern about the independence of public television in Poland. Conditions for free work for journalists are getting worse.
“It is time to act. We must establish clear principles. Journalists must not have their work monitored and no public media should become a channel for propaganda.” The media independence of EU officials said on Friday.
In a regulation called the Media Freedom Act, the commission proposes binding rules. This will force Member State authorities to respect the independence of the work of television, radio, press and internet media. On the other hand, we need to ensure clear and public information about the ultimate owner so as not to influence the content.
Brussels also intends to ensure that member states allow “adequate and stable” funding for public media and transparent and open choice for their management through a set of new rules. State-run advertising in the media needs to be better managed so that it cannot be abused to support government-selected media. The new code also aims to prevent the use of surveillance technology against journalists.
In order for a standard to become effective in practice, it must be endorsed by Member States and the European Parliament. The current Czech presidency should start negotiating an agreement on a common position for her EU countries during the autumn.
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