Skip to comments.EU pours millions into groups seeking state control of press
Posted on 04/19/2013 4:55:42 AM PDT by lowbridge
Angered by the British medias coverage of Brussels, the European Commission says it wants to be a moral compass against press misconduct, seeking new national and Europe-wide regulatory powers over journalists.
The EU has spent £2.3 million on the previously unpublicised Mediadem project to reclaim a free and independent media. In a policy brief co-authored by its lead British researcher, Rachael Craufurd Smith, Mediadem says it is simplistic to see state influence [over the press] as inherently stifling.
Dr Craufurd Smith, an Edinburgh University academic, said that it was also simplistic to believe that market-driven media were now free and independent.
Mediadem recently produced recommendations for the UK demanding the imposition of sanctions beyond an apology or correction on errant media outlets and the co-ordination of the journalistic profession at the European level.
The recommendations call for the press to be controlled by the same body and on the same basis as broadcasters, who are currently tightly regulated with statutory balance obligations that do not apply to newspapers.
Mediadems report pays tribute to the part played in its work by the Media Standards Trust and the Coordinating Committee for Media Reform (CCMR), the two key constituents of Hacked Off, whose late-night deal with politicians for a regulated press has sparked a fierce backlash among organisations campaigning for free speech.
CCMR, run by Left-wing academics at Goldsmiths College, London, believes that concerns about the media should not be confined only to individual abuses and regulation should not simply be about the social-worker mediation of grievances.
The group wants a new media regulator to correct the national conversation which it says has been distorted by Right-wing newspapers and to change the terms of public debate by imposing public-service duties on the press.
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What, the EUSSR doesn’t have total control over its press right now? Don’t they have enough state media that is compliant (e.g. BBC) . . . ?
The proposals emanating from Brussels make the Leveson Inquiry look like a Sunday afternoon picnic, said the leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage. The EUs attempts to win positive coverage by state regulation is reminiscent of the days of Soviet Russia.
Nuke Mecca and Brussels.
That will be a Good Start.
Can we (the US) join the EU too? It sounds like a great system.
Looks like the NWO commies and nazis around the world are making their move for total control. Gun control in the US and media control in the EU are two examples.
They’re about to lose all credibility and power and are desperate to hold onto their stolen money and illegal power. They moved too fast too soon to consolidate their positions and are about to pay a price. As we speak, lampposts are being reserved for hanging NWO elitists. It’s gonna get real ugly real soon.