Saturday, 22 October 2011

EU media freedom, policy and law

The Europe 2020 growth reform strategy and its flagship initiatives, such as the Digital Agenda for Europe, offer opportunities for cross-border learning between the governments and administrations in the European Union.

Information society and ICT issues are among the most dynamic policy areas, where the needs and opportunities are great.

Media freedom high-level group

Some important aspects will be covered by the high-level group to provide recommendations for the respect, protection, support and promotion of media freedom and pluralism in Europe. The group was convened by the Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes, and it is chaired by the former president of Latvia, professor Vaira Vike-Freiberga. The press release of 11 October 2011 IP/11/1173 is available in 22 official EU languages.

On the Commission's Information Society web page Freedom and Pluralism of the Media the high-level group is called a Committee on Freedom and Pluralism of the Media.

EU media policy

For all those who are interested in EU media policy and law, the Commission's Media Task Force offers an inventory of measures affecting the media (updated April 2011).

On thirty plus pages the inventory offers concentrated views of measures – EU acquis and ongoing - within the following categories of policies across several Commission services:

1. Audiovisual and media policies
2. Electronic communications policy
3. Digital Agenda
4. Research
5. Other policy files with potential media impact
6. References

The short references and notes are augmented by helpful links.

National Digital Agendas

Through Twitter @RalfGrahn and my blog I asked for information if there is a national Digital Agenda in your EU country in the footsteps of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

The invitation remains open. It would be great if you could send me one tweet per language version. Please use the hashtag #DigitalAgenda to spread the word instantly.

If you want to write more, you could use the comments section of this blog or send me an email.

I will try to disseminate the information received.

Ralf Grahn