High-level group to focus on media freedom and pluralism

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A high-level group to provide recommendations for the respect, drug protection, look support and promotion of media freedom and pluralism in Europe has been created by European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes. The members of the group have been selected for their expertise in their respective fields and for their complete independence.

The group, pharm meeting for the first time on 11 October, will draw up a report for the Commission with recommendations for the respect, protection, support and promotion of pluralism and freedom of the media in Europe. The group will take into consideration the media laws of the Member States and the EU candidate countries in order to identify common issues or concerns and highlight possible solutions for the protection of media freedom. The findings of the group will be made public.

Commissioner Kroes said: ‘Freedom of expression is one of the essential foundations of our democratic societies, recognised in the European Treaties and in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. But both media freedom and pluralism also need to flourish in practice, in a favourable environment.’

View the press release here.