Today the European Commission published its Communication on tackling disinformation online, which presents a set of measures to counter fake news in Europe. The document presented today took on board a number of suggestions from the HLEG on fake news, in which News Media Europe played a key role as the voice of the European news media industry.
To improve the transparency of online platforms, which are often serving as a catalyst of the spread of fake news, the European Commission supports the development of a Code of Practice by July 2018, with a view to producing measurable effects by October 2018. This Code is to be drafted by a multistakeholder forum on disinformation, which should include representatives of the news media industry among others.
Wout van Wijk, Executive Director News Media Europe, commented: “The European Commission has adopted an ambitious timeline. The news media industry is ready to put in its weight, and expects the platforms to do the same”.
About News Media Europe:
News Media Europe (NME) represents the progressive news media industry in Europe – over 2200 European news brands in print or online, and also on radio and tv. NME is committed to maintaining and promoting the freedom of the press, to upholding and enhancing the freedom to publish, and to championing the news brands which are one of the most vital parts of Europe’s creative industries.