The European Commission's proposal is a long-awaited and important milestone in strengthening a free and pluralistic media system and protecting journalists and editorial independence across Europe. But it has some shortcomings.
Civil society helps us create a fairer, more democratic society by building bridges between people and politicians. But governments are dismantling it piece by piece. We submitted a policy paper to the Commission ahead of their paper on civic space.
Corrupt politicians and powerful businesses use legal bullying to silence critical voices. This practice is a threat to European values and to the rule of law. We shared a proposal with the Commission on how to protect journalists and NGOs from SLAPPs.
Growing political pressure, high concentration of ownership, smears and abusive lawsuits against journalists, lack of oversight on public service media: we collected evidence to see why media freedom is in decline in Europe.
Many governments in the EU have deployed COVID-19 contact tracing apps to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We built this Hub to monitor and understand the impact of these applications on our rights.