Belgium (Brussels Morning Newspaper) The European Commission presented on Friday its draft of the European Media Freedom Act – an EU-wide regulation aimed to safeguard media pluralism and editorial independence in the Union.
Presenting the proposal, EC Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová noted that the Commission has seen various forms of pressure on the media over the past years. “It is high time to act,” said Jourová. “We need to establish clear principles: no journalist should be spied on because of their job; no public media should be turned into propaganda channel.”
The EMFA would harmonise the national laws across the internal market, mandating a range of rules that member states will have to observe with the goal of protecting the media in their countries.