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ESC recommends extension of national media ownership rules

The Economic and Social Committee has recommended that Member States extend national media ownership rules to the new digital broadcasting services in order to prevent the eventual risk of abusive mergers.

In an own initiative opinion designed to address the issues of plurali...
The Economic and Social Committee has recommended that Member States extend national media ownership rules to the new digital broadcasting services in order to prevent the eventual risk of abusive mergers.

In an own initiative opinion designed to address the issues of pluralism and freedom in the media in an age of globalism and digital convergence, the Economic and Social Committee recommends that these rules be extended to the new sources of audiovisual and written information available on the Internet.

Measures would be coordinated at European level, although Community guidelines could be drawn up to uphold pluralism and national differences.

On the issue of 'portal sites' which tend to funnel and standardise the information available, the Committee proposes extending the powers of Member State regulators with Commission level coordination.

The Committee is also in favour of establishing a 'European label' to denote quality of information and professional standards through industry self-regulation.

Finally, the Committee would like to see media professionals adopting ethical standards to ensure a high quality of information.
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