Empower
Now

Empower Democracy

Support Independent Media
For A Strong Europe

Safeguarding
European media

Europe's media landscape is unique in its diversity. It is a basic condition for well-functioning democracies where freedom of speech and pluralism are still a treasure. The benefits of our media landscape are as manifold as the needs of our society: Press products comment and classify information and act as a counterweight to the public authorities by disclosing misbehaviour. They also serve all sorts of special interests and offer information, orientation and entertainment. It is thanks to the European press publishers’ efforts that so many different press publications exist today.

But independent media involve effort, brains and responsibilities – accomplishments that are not available free of charge.

It is crucial that the contribution made by press publishers to media diversity, freedom of speech and European pluralism should be properly valued. A strong media sector needs a strong legal framework: a Europe-wide publisher's right. With such a right, press publishers will be able to defend their intellectual property against rightless use, thereby protecting the value of their work.

The European Commission had a consultation earlier this year on the role of press publishers in our democratic society. The purpose of the consultation was to evaluate the impact of introducing a publisher's right at European level.

If you are committed to a democratic Europe with a strong media landscape – empower now – and get involved in the initiative “Empower Democracy”.

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For democracy and independent media.

Empower now

To cherish
European values

Media diversity and freedom of speech are core values of the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. They are manifest in our multi-faceted media landscape, which – encompassing press organs from 28 member states – is as colourful as the European Union itself.

Less media means less variety of opinions and thus less democracy: Media allow for citizens to participate in social and political debates based on freedom of opinion. Without diverse media there would be no democratic discourse!

over 300 million
Europeans read magazines regularly
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To monitor
the powerful

Independent media reflect social and political circumstances, shape opinions and contribute to public discourse. By fostering critical journalism and ensuring editorial independence, newspapers, journals and magazines are able to provide well-founded guidance through complex issues – all over Europe and worldwide.

News media provide a perceptible counterweight to economic and governmental measures – which makes news media an indispensable cornerstone of our democratic society!

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Panama Papers – Die Geheimnisse des schmutzigen Geldes

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany (Online)

Whisteblower bag Panama Papers: Derfor afslørede jeg Mossack Fonseca

Politiken, Denmark (Online)

To promote
innovation

Press publishers are essential to the European economy and are subject to worldwide competition. In recent years they have heavily invested in digital business models. Constantly improving the ways of communicating content to their readers, press publishers shape and frame our digital environment – and pave the way for a future European digital single market.

For Europe to become a strong player in the digital sphere, we need a clear regulatory framework to foster growth and unlock Europe’s creative potential.

2.500
different newspapers are published each day in Europe
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To appreciate
pluralism

Local and regional media fulfill an important function in our democratic system: they break down global issues to a local level and communicate them comprehensibly to their readers. Offering a bunch of different formats – be it breaking news services, in-depth investigative coverage or feature writing – news media provide journalistic content corresponding to readers’ particular needs. Daily, weekly or monthly.

News media preserve regional and local identities and support consensus-building – they guarantee European pluralism.

85 million
is the total daily circulation of all European newspapers

Empower now:
democracy and independent media

As an alliance of European press publishers, we strive to strengthen democratic values and uphold press diversity. We aim for fair competition on media markets. Our contribution to fostering democracy and pluralism in Europe needs to be valued. Therefore, we call for a Europe-wide publisher’s right.

A free and independent media landscape is the cornerstone of our democracy! If you want to preserve it, you need to act now!

If you want to back this endeavour participate in our initiative and get enrolled as a supporter. Contact us!  Send us your logo! Be a part of the initiative!

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