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Report - Media pluralism and media freedom in the European Union - EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

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The EU Parliament REPORT on media pluralism and media freedom in the European Union has been published online.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Barbara Spinelli


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Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Rapporteur: Barbara SpinelliRapporteur for the opinion (*): Curzio Maltese, Committee on Culture and Education (*) Associated committees – Rule 54 of the Rules of Procedure


MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
MINORITY OPINION
OPINION OF THE COMMITTEE ON CULTURE AND EDUCATION
OPINION OF THE COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AFFAIRS
INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT


Through the adoption of Lisbon Treaty, the European Union has identified itself as a community of values in which human rights represent its cornerstone. Freedom of expression and information is internationally recognized as one of the core elements of the human rights and fundamental freedo…

EU Parliament Think-tank Briefing: Regulating online TV and radio broadcasting

Briefing - Regulating online TV and radio broadcasting - 16-04-2018
The provision of television and radio broadcasting services over the internet is a fast-developing phenomenon in the European Union. The European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation to promote the cross-border provision of online services ancillary to broadcasts and facilitate digital retransmissions of TV and radio programmes originating in other Member States in September 2016. The European Parliament and the Council have each voted, separately, to amend the proposal to a large extent. The co-legislators are discussing, inter alia, what type of online services should fall under the scope of the regulation and whether the mechanisms facilitating satellite and cable operators’ broadcasting cross-border in the EU should be extended to new service providers such as internet protocol television (IPTV) and over-the-top (OTT) providers. First edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key …

French Law on measures to combat the spread of fake news sent to EU Commission

Summary :
The aim of the draft law is to combat the spread of fake news, particularly at election time, via audiovisual media and the internet.

The proposed provisions contain the requirement for internet service providers and hosts to cooperate in combating the spread of fake news. These intermediaries would thus be required to implement an easily accessible and visible reporting mechanism, immediately inform the competent public authorities of reports sent to them, and make public the means they will be employing to combat the spread of illegal fake news.

Such a duty to cooperate is stated in Article 6-I of Law No 2004-575 of 21 June 2004 on confidence in the digital economy, with regard to various forms of illegal content (condoning crimes against humanity, advocating terrorism, inciting racial hatred, etc.).

In order to make internet users aware of the origin of information to which they are exposed and to make it easier to understand and verify the veracity o…

EU Commission confirms unannounced inspections concerning distribution of sports media rights and other related rights

Link - Source: EU Commission

Brussels, 10 April 2018

The European Commission can confirm that on 10 April 2018 its officials carried out unannounced inspections in several Member States at the premises of companies active in the distribution of media rights and related rights pertaining to various sports events and/or their broadcasting.

The Commission has concerns that the companies involved may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices (Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). The Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities.

Unannounced inspections are a preliminary step into suspected anticompetitive practices. The fact that the Commission carries out such inspections does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself. The Commission respects the rights of defenc…

OECD publishes study on "role of media and investigative journalism in combating corruption"

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Source: OECD
27 March 2018 - The media and investigative journalism play a crucial role in bringing allegations of corruption to light and fighting against impunity. International consortiums of investigative journalists are an example of an international cooperation that leads to tangible results in bringing financial and economic crime to the attention of the public and law enforcement authorities. Media reporting is an essential—albeit untapped—source of detection in corruption cases. This is highlighted in Chapter 4 of the OECD study on The Detection of Foreign Bribery published in December 2017.

This report expands on Chapter 4 from the study by including further information collected through country reviews undertaken by the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions and through responses to the OECD Survey on Investigative Journalism. It also explores g…