At a time of increasing uncertainty, fearfulness and public anxiety among Europeans about the future there has never been a more important time for the promotion of informed, professional and pluralist media.
We, the undersigned, a coalition of concerned European media NGOs, professional organisations and other civil society groups believe strongly that to reinforce the values of European democracy, to meet the aspirations of the diverse communities within European borders and to confront the widespread crisis of confidence that has seen a growth of intolerance and political extremism, it is urgently necessary to strengthen the quality of media and journalism in Europe.
To do that requires political will and professional solidarity to meet the following challenges:
- The severe reduction of public service content in European media and the absence of concrete policy action to reverse this trend;
- An increasing commercialisation of the media, accompanied by a loss of commitment to public service values and journalistic mission;
- A lack of diversity within the media in general, and broadcasting in particular.
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