How is Europe fighting fake news? New legal report

What rules and initiatives exist in Europe to help ensure the accuracy and objectivity of news and current affairs reporting? Report by the European Audiovisual Observatory.

How can we guarantee factual and fair media reporting?

In the era of the #fakenews hashtag, the internet, and the media in general, are concerned by the emergence of fiction which is sometimes much stranger than truth! So what rules and initiatives exist in Europe to help ensure the accuracy and objectivity of news and current affairs reporting?

Meda reporting: facts, nothing but facts?

This brand new legal analysis by the European Audiovisual Observatory looks at the role of the European institutions in standard setting and rule making for accuracy and objectivity in news and current affairs reporting.

The authors also examine the role of the European Court of Human Rights which, due to article 10 of the European Convention for Human Rights, has built up a considerable history of case law in the field of media reporting.

The report then zooms in on 11 different European countries (Germany, Spain, Finland, France, the UK, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, the Russian Federation and Slovakia) and examines how each national system regulates media reporting, through the role of the national parliaments and regulators but also through self-regulation mechanisms.

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The European Audiovisual Observatory is part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. This public service organisation produces market and legal analysis of the film, television and VOD industries in Europe covering 41 countries.

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