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Press Release - Prioritise media Freedom and Sustainability

A conference on press freedom took place on the fringes of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia in Bulgaria which gathered journalists, media organisations, publishers, NGOs and members of the European parliament. Participants warned of the waning strength and independence of European media and the consequent threat to democracy. 21 years after the UNESCO Sofia Declaration for a free and pluralistic media, they published the ‘Sofia Declaration’, urging the EU to prioritise media freedom in Europe.

Press Freedom Conference Sofia 2018

EMMA and ENPA in association with EFJ, RSF, AEJ, ECPMF, SEEMO and the UPB, held a conference on “Media Freedom and Pluralism” on Wednesday, 16 May, in Sofia, in the wings of the EU-Western Balkans summit.

Join us at the Conference “Media Freedom and Pluralism: how to reboot an essential EU pillar”

On May 16, 2018 a Press Freedom Conference – organized by the Union of Publishers in Bulgaria (UPB) in association with EMMA/ENPA, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), in partnership with Reporters Without Borders, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), Association of European Journalists (AEJ), South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) – will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria.    

Joined EMMA/ENPA statement on the murder of Jan Kuciak and the need to support the press freedom in the EU

ENPA, the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association and EMMA, the European magazine Media Association representing thousands of European Press publishers on European level are deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his partner Martina Kusnirova and extends condolences to their family friends and colleagues.

EMMA and ENPA press release on the open letter on e-Privacy

EMMA and ENPA has joined more than 50 stakeholders from 19 different European countries from across industry sectors in co-signing an open letter to call for a review of the draft E-privacy regulation to the benefit of consumers, the businesses that serve them and to ensure a vibrant Digital Single Market for Europe and its citizens.

Cross-industry open letter on e-Privacy: “Europe Cannot Afford to Miss the Data Revolution”

Data economy is a pillar of future growth, job creation and social progress. According to the European Commission, the value of the European data economy may raise from €285 billion in 2015 to €739 billion in 2020. Consumers and citizens will enjoy innovative products and services and, hopefully, benefit from strong guarantees for their rights and privacy. Big Data will also provide governments and authorities with the opportunity to enhance public policies’ design and effectiveness.

ePrivacy Regulation: LIBE vote jeopardizes the digital future of the press in Europe

The Parliament’s Committee for Civil Liberties has adopted with a weak majority the report of Mrs. Marju Lauristin (Socialist, Estonia) on the draft Regulation on ePrivacy. Despite strong diverging views expressed by the largest political group in the European Parliament, the compromise amendments put forward by the rapporteur seriously put at risk the future viability of many press titles in Europe, due to a very dogmatic approach which has not considered the reality of the European digital market.

Future Media Lounge conference: “New privacy rules and their impact on funding a free and independent press in Europe”

EMMA (European Magazine Media Association) and EDAA (European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance) are organising a Future Media Lounge event, to take place in Brussels on Tuesday, 5 September at the Renaissance Hotel, from 18:00-20:00. The debate “New privacy rules and their impact on funding a free independent Press in Europe?” will be moderated by Karin Massin, CEO of Burson-Marsteller, Belgium.

Future Media Lounge: New Privacy Rules and Their Impact on Funding a Free and Independent Press in Europe

EMMA jointly with EDAA is running the next Future Media Lounge debate on how the new privacy rules might impact a free and independent press. European Parliament’s Rapporteur MEP Marju Lauristin (S&D / EST), European Commission’s Director Despina Spanou and the CEO of the Belgium Roularta Media Group, Xavier Bouckaert will debate the possible implications of a new e-privacy regulation on the business model of press publishers and therefore the funding of trusted journalism as well as its potential impact on media diversity and access to journalistic content for European citizens.

The European Magazine Media Association and the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association gravely concerned with threats to investigative journalism in Poland

It is with great concern that EMMA and ENPA learned last week that Polish investigative journalist from the Polish daily newspaper “Gazeta Wyborcza”, Mr     Tomasz Piatek is facing criminal prosecution from the Polish ministry of defence for publishing a book about their Minister and his alleged ties with Russian entities close to the Kremlin. As a result Mr. Piatek is facing a jail sentence of several years simply for accomplishing his work as a journalist and for striving to inform the public about possible questionable behavior.

​James Hewes appointed new FIPP CEO

James Hewes will replace Chris Llewellyn as the new CEO of FIPP, the network for global media, of which EMMA is a member as from September 2017. Mr. Hewes’ joined FIPP in 2004 when he was working for the BBC Worldwide, and has been a director of the FIPP Management Board since October 2015. 

European press publishers applaud MEP support of the press publisher’s right in the IMCO Committee

On 8 June, the committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) has voted on the proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.European Press publishers represented by ENPA and EMMA applauds the decision made by the IMCO committee to reject the compromise amendments of rapporteur Mrs. Stihler (UK; Socialist).

Upday reaches agreement with Spanish reproductive rights centre to pay for aggregated news

Last week, Upday, a news aggregator app launched by German publishing house Axel Springer, reached a compensation agreement with CEDRO (Centro Español de Derechos Reprograficos - Spanish Reproduction Rights Centre) to pay ancillary copyright fees for snippets of news stories used in the app.   

MEPs vote to appoint Mariya Gabriel as Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Earlier today the European Parliament voted to approve the appointment of Mariya Gabriel as the Bulgarian Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.     In this position Ms. Gabriel will be overseeing some of the Commission’s most contentious proposals, including the copyright reform bill, the ePrivacy reform and the reform of the AVMS directive.

European press publishers applaud European Commission landmark decision in competition case against Google

The European Magazine Media Association (EMMA) and the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA) welcome the formal decision from the European Commission in the Google competition case, which acknowledges the company’s abuse of its dominant market position.

European press publishers underline the need for an alignment of digital and print VAT rates, following Council Ecofin Meeting

European press publishers regret the outcome of today’s European Council Economic and Social (Ecofin) Committee meeting, which ended without a political agreement on the adoption of the proposal to amend the existing EU VAT directive in order to allow member states the opportunity to apply reduced VAT rates to digital publications.