Watchful: All that glitters is not gold – The state of media freedom in the EU
Thursday, 22 October 2015
Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels
About the event:
The EU is frequently winning laurels for its high standards of press freedom. But do we deserve the praise? Are our journalists free to do the job they are assigned to do?
In Germany, the editors of the political blog netzpolitik.org were recently accused of treason; in Hungary internal censorship is becoming increasingly common as pro-government media enjoy preferential treatment; in Spain, a highly controversial security law, known as the “Gag Law,” evokes fears that journalists can no longer freely report from demonstrations.
What is the state of media freedom in the EU? How do surveillance and data retention laws influence journalists’ working condition? Which role do nationalist politicians play in eroding press freedom in their countries?
While media freedom is enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the EU institutions have few tools to effectively counter attacks on media freedom. What is the way forward, how can we make sure that – in terms of media freedom – all that glitters is gold?
Hans H. Stein
Director European Dialogue Programme, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
EU Correspondent, Committee to Protect Journalists
Author of “Balancing Act: Press Freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values”
Deputy Head of Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Journalist, Freedom Foundation Hungary
Journalist, Former chair, Association de la Presse Internationale
Brussels Correspondent, Neue Züricher Zeitung
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