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Title: A free and pluralistic media to sustain European democracy
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Publisher: European Commission
Files: hlg_final_report[1].pdf
Abstract: This report presents the findings and 30 recommendations of the independent High Level Group (HLG) on Media Pluralism and Freedom, which was established by Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes in November 2011. The remit of the Group, which was chaired by former President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga, was to provide a set of recommendations for the respect, protection, support and promotion of pluralism and freedom of the media in Europe. In five chapters concerning subjects like the role of the EU and the changing media landscape, the report highlights "a number of challenges which can potentially restrict journalistic freedom or reduce pluralism, whether through political influence, undue commercial pressures, the changing media landscape with new business models, or the rise of the new media". It also observes "the misconduct of some journalists," which "has the potential to undermine the sector’s credibility". In a significant recommendation which suggests an expansion of hitherto limited European Commission authority, the report concludes that "the EU should be considered competent to act to protect media freedom and pluralism at State level in order to guarantee the substance of the rights granted" by the EU Treaties, "in particular the rights of free movement and to representative democracy". According to this recommendation, "the link between media freedom and pluralism and EU democracy [..] justifies a more extensive competence of the EU". The report also recommends further harmonisation of EU legislation, observing how cross‐border media activities, in particular online, are confronting journalists and Internet users with conflicting rights and obligations, as well as "minimum harmonisation rules covering cross‐border media activities on areas such as libel laws or data protection."
Publication/ adoption date: 2013-01-21
Language: English
Rights: © European Union. "Reproduction is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged, save where otherwise stated,"