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Defenders of media freedom in accession countries [What Europe does for you]

Do you think you should be able to express your opinions without being censored? Do you care about who controls the media in our democracies? If you do, the EU institutions share your views. Freedom of speech is a core value of the European Union. Where the EU can act, it puts programmes to support media freedom in place. Continue reading

How should we manage media in the age of artificial intelligence?

This year’s STOA Annual Lecture focused on how media and other information is managed and distributed in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) – including how AI can be used to disseminate information and misinformation – and also in implementing new measures to counteract fake news. Continue reading

EU support for media freedom – looking East: Turkey, Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership, Russia

Written by Naja Bentzen, Velina Lilyanova, Philippe Perchoc, Martin Russell, with Clare Ferguson Each year, on 3 May, UNESCO reminds the world of the importance of press freedom to creating peaceful societies which value justice and human rights. This year’s World Press Freedom Day takes the theme of ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times’, underlining the growing … Continue reading

EP-EUI policy roundtable on ‘Media Pluralism in the EU’

Written by Alina Dobreva, Contemporary democracies cannot function without the media. Therefore, guarantees for a free and pluralistic media are essential to the legitimacy of our political systems. Monitoring the risks to media pluralism was the central topic of an EPRS-EUI workshop, which took place on 21 June in Brussels. In her opening speech, Mairead … Continue reading

Russia: manipulation of information and the EU’s response

Written by Ilze Eglite Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine has unleashed a major disinformation campaign in the Russian news media. Manipulation of information against Ukraine was identified by some analysts as part of Russia’s wider ‘information warfare’ against the West. Russia is investing heavily in media outlets that are targeting foreign … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: Creative Europe: encouraging creative growth and employment

Written by Matthew Parry and Magdalena Pasikowska-Schnass Cultural and audiovisual operators in Europe face not only the challenges of the shift towards digitalisation, market fragmentation, global competition and a difficult financial climate. They are also confronted with a linguistically fragmented European cultural and audiovisual market. The Creative Europe programme creates favourable conditions for multilateral and … Continue reading

Truth, lies and disinformation — beyond Russia and Ukraine

Written by Martin Russell and Naja Bentzen Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. — George Orwell, 1984 ‘This is war. You’re part of it’. The appeal on the euromaidanSOS website – originally a Facebook group devoted to helping ‘people who suffered during the revolution in Ukraine’ – … Continue reading

Press freedom in the EU: Legal framework and challenges

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva Freedom of expression and information, as well as the freedom of the press, which provides the most powerful platform for the first two, contribute significantly to the formation of public opinion, thus allowing people to make informed choices in their political decisions. These freedoms are therefore essential for democracy, which is … Continue reading

The AVMSD: implementation and future perspectives

[Updated and revised 25 March 2014] The Audiovisual media services directive (AVMSD) (2010/13/EU) allows audiovisual media services to circulate freely within the EU, while protecting important policy objectives. On some issues it harmonises rules (e.g. 12 minute-per-hour advertising spot, tobacco advertising ban), while on others it asks Member States to comply with requirements (e.g. non-discrimination; … Continue reading

Creative Europe Programme: renewing support to the cultural and creative sectors

Architects, dancers and a wide range of others from the cultural and creative scene are set to benefit from the new Creative Europe Programme. The new programme for 2014 to 2020 will bring together the current Culture, Media and Media Mundus programmes in a single structure. Background The Commission has proposed to establish the Creative … Continue reading

Application of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive

Audiovisual media services are as much cultural services as they are economic ones. Their growing importance for democracy, education and culture accounts for the application of specific rules across the EU. The first Commission implementation report on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive concludes that in general, the EU regulatory framework has performed well. Background The … Continue reading

How to present timely information on your website?

It is not rocket science that there are two kinds of people – those who like to search for information and those who like to browse (you know, click around to get to the info they want). By definition libraries are good at developing user friendly search engines and meticulous indexing… and we think our … Continue reading

Protection of minors in the media environment. EU regulatory mechanisms

Children are increasingly exposed to online content, through a growing range of mobile devices, and at ever younger ages. At the same time, they have specific needs and vulnerabilities which need to be addressed. Ways to limit and prohibit the spread of illicit and harmful media content in relation to young people have been debated … Continue reading

Improving the accessibility of public sector bodies’ websites

Updated on 28 October 2013 Web-accessibility refers to principles and techniques to be followed when constructing websites so that online content is accessible to all users, in particular those with disabilities. Despite the fact that many national authorities in Europe are committed to the accessibility of public websites and most Member States have introduced guidelines … Continue reading

Going mobile in the EP Library: insights from the 2012 m-Libraries conference

On 24-26 September 2012, I attended the 4th international m-libraries conference at the Open University and made a presentation about the EP Library’s mobile website. This is my brief though belated shot at sharing with you some insights and encouragement for developing mobile library services here in the European Parliament. m.Library, the EP Library’s mobile … Continue reading

The Library on social media: Twitter

As of today, you can follow us on Twitter! Not many libraries dare to go there, but let me explain what you may expect from us.  All social media have their particular drawbacks. However, Twitter is special and can suck loads of your energy 🙂 Do not get me wrong, it is a wonderful media, … Continue reading

The Library on social media: Facebook

At the time when some companies are criticising the use of Facebook for promotional purposes, we decided to create a page on Facebook. Are we wasting resources or grasping an opportunity? Well, the time will tell, but we think we have good arguments.   As explained in my first post, more than 500 Members (of 754) … Continue reading

Pan-European Forum on Media and Pluralism and New Media: just another conference about the future of information?

The Pan-European Forum on Media Pluralism and New Media took place at the European Parliament on the 27th of June. The panel counted among its members several important personalities of the European Media world: BBC, The Guardian, Wired Magazine, The Irish Time and others joined the discussion about the future perspectives of Media and Pluralism. … Continue reading

The Library on social media: A beginning

Less than a year ago “Google it up“, “Facebooking“, “Tweet it!“, “+1” were all well engraved in our vocabularies. Yet, this grammatical nonsense gave zero results when used in relation to “Library of the European Parliament”. It seemed that we were going through a difficult phase in a librarian’s life – we had to accept … Continue reading

Mobile thoughts: behind the scenes of the m.Library website

With the launch of the Library’s blog, I want to reflect on events that marked the development of another “web-savvy” project. Almost a year ago, the Library released its test version of m.Library, the EP Library’s mobile website. This is our first venture to provide clients with information services targeted directly for their mobile devices. … Continue reading

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