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Here is what policymakers can do for Europe’s news media

What's New in Publishing 02 Dec 2019 06:20

Europe is home to some of the most impressive and innovative news media in the world, from digital media such as Dennik N in Slovakia and MediaPart in France to legacy media such as the BBC in the UK and Dagens Nyheter in Sweden.

But the continent is also plagued with increasingly serious threats to media freedom and tremendous pressure on the business of news, problems that are compounded by a policy and regulatory environment still stuck in the offline past.

To develop media policies fit for our online future, policymakers in Brussels and in member states urgently need to act to ensure the freedom, funding, and future of independent professional journalism in Europe.

Every day we delay, free speech and media freedom is further undermined in some parts of the European Union. Almost 90 million people across the European Union live in member states with significant media freedom problems.

Every day that passes, the legacy business models that fund most professional journalism decay further, as the European newspaper industry that provides the majority of investment in news currently see revenues decline about €2.5 million per day as print readers die off and publishers find digital media a less lucrative business.

  1. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen Director of Research, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
  2. Madeleine de Cock Buning Professor of Digital Politics, Economy and Societies at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute
  3. Robert Gorwa Doctoral Researcher, Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

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