Follow-up: 2nd Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights

IMG_1605IMG_1614Nadia Bellardi just published a follow-up article on the second Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights took place on 17-18 November 2016  in Brussels, dedicated to the topic of ‘Media Pluralism and Democracy’.
Don’t Shoot The Algorithm: http://en.ejo.ch/media-politics/dont-shoot-the-algorithm

Read more on the official Follow-Up (EC) here: http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/just/item-detail.cfm?item_id=51071

Nadia Bellardi represented CMFE in the plenary sessions and round table discussions and highlighted the contributions made by Community Media for pluralism, critical media literacy and life long learning. A highlight of the Colloquium was the keynote speech [pdf] by Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector, Central European University Budapest.
You can view the videos of the event through the Colloquium’s webpage  http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/just/item-detail.cfm?item_id=31198 and hashtag #media4democracy

CMFE board members also submitted statements and suggestions to the Public consultation by the European Commission in preparation of the Colloquium. These were included in the final report and community media was also mentioned in the
Summary report [pdf] under ‘6. Media literacy.’

The Colloquium “explored the multiple links between a free and pluralist media space on the one hand and democracy on the other hand. The freedom of media and a plurality of voices in society and in the media are indispensable preconditions and essential safeguards of well-functioning democracy. Freedom and pluralism of the media are enshrined in Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental rights, and are at the core of the basic democratic values on which the Union is founded.”

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