The German Media Authorities invited to their yearly one-day conference in Brussels on media regulation issues. Given the regrettably extraordinary developments in the past months, this year’s edition focused on safeguarding freedom and protecting democracy in the media. The recently proposed European Media Freedom Act was another focus of the discussion.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is accompanied by the extensive use of propaganda. The aim of such tactics, meaning the manipulation of the European information space, is to disrupt a democratic, pluralistic, and free European society. Therefore, safeguarding the freedom of expression is crucial in protecting our democratic values from such external and internal threats. How to keep our democracy and a free, pluralistic media landscape well-fortified to cope with these new challenges was a central topic of this year’s edition of “safeguarding freedom”.
The in-person conference focused on mechanisms to protect an independent, free, and pluralistic media landscape whilst ensuring effective enforcement mechanisms capable to cope with violations of law happening in cross-border contexts.