Media freedom and pluralism are pillars of modern democracy as they are essential components of open and free debate.
The European Union’s commitment to respect media freedom as well as the general right to freedom of expression – which does include the right to receive and impart information without interference by public authority – are enshrined in the European Union’s Charter for Fundamental Rights.
On September 28, the European Commission commemorated World News Day confirming its intent to raise awareness of the importance of free and independent media, noting they are key for the health of democracies.
The European Commission went on to remind European citizens to trust media outlets that have a reputable track record.
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