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Media sector calls — EU support to Media Freedom and Pluralism

The Commission has been providing support to the principles of media freedom and media pluralism through a wide range of pilots and preparatory actions.

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In the period 2021-2027, actions that monitor and assess risks to media pluralism and freedom are supported through the Creative Europe programme.

 

CALLS UNDER EVALUATION

Media Ownership Monitoring System

A call for proposals was published on 18 October 2021. The objective of this Pilot Project it to provide a country-based database containing information on media ownership and a systematic assessment of both relevant legal frameworks and risks to media ownership transparency, building on the database created in the first pilot project.

Budget: €500,000

Press and media councils

This action aims to further strengthen the position of press and media councils in a converged media environment and help in further development of deontological standards. Its outcomes will include the development and maintenance of a database on media self-regulatory bodies; exchange of best practices; support to new media councils; training for journalists; cooperation with media regulators; assistance in developing journalistic standards. It follows up on the preparatory action "Media councils in digital age".

Budget: €1,000,000

 

Rapid response mechanism

This action is expected to provide practical help to protect journalists under threat, including concrete tools such as advice and legal support as well as offering shelter and logistical assistance thereby enabling the targeted journalists to continue pursuing their professional activities. This can include financial support when needed. The project will also organise visits to affected countries. Anti-impunity action shall be supported through advocacy. The tools used will be adjusted to accommodate individual needs on a case-by-case basis.

Budget: €3,100,000

 

Supporting local and regional news media in face of emerging news deserts

Local, regional and community media foster social cohesion and democracy. New consumption habits and falling revenues are nonetheless challenging their business models, posing risks for citizens’ access to reliable and diverse information in certain areas. This new call for proposals is therefore designed to support innovation and long-term resilience in the local, regional and community media ecosystems as well as to increase understanding of the phenomenon of “media deserts”. 

Budget: € 1,990,000

 

ONGOING PROJECTS

The project will provide a country-based database containing information on media ownership and a systematic assessment of both relevant legal frameworks and risks to media ownership transparency. The project started in September 2021 and is run by a consortium led by the Paris-Lodron Universität Salzburg (PLUS).

EU support: up to €1,000,000

 

2. Study on media plurality and diversity online

The main objective of this study is to provide the Commission, Member States and national regulators with elements to support the analysis of media plurality and diversity issues as well as the suitability of the current media-specific rules to safeguard media freedom and pluralism.The study will focus essentially on two, potentially inter-related, aspects:

  • Prominence and findability/discoverability of general interest content and services
  • Measures concerning the concentration of economic resources to ensure media plurality online

The project started in July 2021 and is run by a consortium led by the European University Institute.

EU support: up to €370,000

 

3. A Europe-wide response mechanism for violation of press and media freedom

The Europe-wide rapid response mechanism for violations of press and media freedom encompasses fact-finding, advocacy, monitoring, and awareness raising. It will bring violations to the forefront, and provide practical help to journalists under threat. The project started on 4 May 2022 further to a call for proposals was published on 16 September 2021 and it is run by a consortium led by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom.

EU support: up to €1,950,000

 

4. Emergency support fund for investigative journalists and media organisations to ensure media freedom in the EU

The aim of this preparatory action is to create an emergency support fund for investigative journalists and media organisations to improve press and media freedom and to prevent violations thereof by supporting the production of quality independent journalistic content in the public interest, including through cross-border cooperation.. The project started on 1 June 2022 further to a call for proposals was published on 16 September 2021 and it is run by a consortium led by the International Press Institute (IPI).

EU support: up to €1,800,000

 

5. Collaborative and Investigative Journalism Initiative - CIJI

The Initiative of collaborative and investigative journalism enables new forms of sharing best practices, collaboration on research and content production, and access to innovative tools to a growing number of ethics- and standards-adhering media professionals.. The project started on 1 September 2021 and is run by a consortium led by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

EU support: up to € 1,000,000

 

6. Monitoring media pluralism in the digital age

The Media Pluralism Monitor,  is a scientific tool designed to identify potential risks to media pluralism. The 2021 report was published on 20 July 2021. The project is led by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom.

EU support: up to €1,100,000

 

7. Media councils in the digital age

The objective of this Preparatory Action is to further support the activities of the media self-regulation bodies and to promote the importance of the journalistic standards in the modern media environment. The project started on 1 April 2022. It is run by a consortium led by European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).

EU support: up to €500,000

 

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