JLH has translated a brief article from Junge Freiheit about the recently proposed initiative to stifle what remains of independent media in the EU:
The EU Wants Control Over the Media
Berlin. The EU Commission is planning to take control of the media in the EU. For a long time, this has been the responsibility of the individual states. A report presented on Monday contains several suggestions for how the EU Commission should unify national laws and regulate the media.
The 51-page paper entitled “Free and Pluralistic Media for a Sustainable European Democracy” analyzes the situation of the media in individual states. Legislation in this political arena is still a matter for the individual states. The authors, including former Lithuanian president Varla Vike-Freiberga and former German attorney-general Hertha Däubler-Gmelin (SPD), think that should change.
Murdoch and Berlusconi in the Cross-Hairs?
For instance, they criticize the high concentration of media in several countries. This is probably aimed at media groups such as Axel Springer or Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset. They are clearly against the research methods of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, which they consider a “corrupting influence on society.” The developments they cite are “challenges to diversity of opinion”, and the EU intends to deal with them. The authors also demand more news reports on European matters. For these and other purposes, the study suggests several forms of redistribution. For instance, a state subsidy is required from media such as those mentioned above. This is essential to create what they call pluralism. This applies both to overstepping media corporations and journalists who deal with subjects that push the envelope. They will all be rewarded for that by the EU. The relevant laws must be harmonized.
New media councils to be created in the individual countries would take over supervision of the suggested measures, and these councils would in turn act under the authority of the EU constitutional rights agency in Vienna.