PRESS RELEASE published on 19 Feb 2019 • Department / Unit Legal & Policy

European broadcasters call for policy action to address the role and responsibilities of online platforms in the new media age

Public and commercial broadcasters met today in Brussels at the invitation of European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. With European broadcasting being increasingly impacted by largely unregulated global online platforms, it is critical that action is taken to ensure citizens have easy access to trusted news and information.

Following a discussion focused on the media ecosystem and the fight against disinformation, the Association of Commercial Television in Europe and the European Broadcasting Union respective memberships have called on the European institutions to:

  • set in motion an assessment of the role and responsibilities of platforms to prepare for action in the next political cycle
  • address the information disorder and create the right conditions for responsible, independent journalism to rise to the surface

News is the beating heart of European democracies. Insufficient access to quality information and journalism imperils our elections and ultimately endangers our society by progressively driving a wedge between people.

TV and radio remain the most trusted media in Europe. Broadcasters bring people together and inform them in line with the highest editorial standards, to ensure plurality and diversity of perspectives and opinions.

Online disinformation is the most visible element of a broader information disorder which requires strong leadership from industry and government while finding a balance to avoid censorship. Measures to fight disinformation should not silence critical voices or undermine pluralism.

A thorough evaluation is needed to assess online platform responsibility as well as the choice of instruments to ensure European audiences have access to quality information and that a level playing field is established. This means defining roles and rules for online platforms, as is the case with many sectors across the EU, including TV.

In light of the need to act and create a healthy online environment, broadcasters are hoping European institutions will take the necessary policy action.

Relevant Links

Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACTE)
Video of the event

 

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Florence Ranson
Public Affairs Communications Lead
+32 22 869 115
ranson@ebu.ch