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European publishers’ organisations launch new initiative on the democratic role of the press

Submitted by veraliah on Fri, 09/30/2016 - 09:22
Four European associations of publishers, including the European Magazine Media Association (EMMA), the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA), the European Publishers Council (EPC) and News Media Europe (NME) have launched on 27 September an initiative called ‘Empower Democracy’.
As highlighted in a press release, it is ‘a cross-border alliance initiated by Europe’s press publishers to raise awareness about the crucial democratic role of the press, the need for a free, independent, pluralistic and vibrant press sector in Europe is acknowledged in the ongoing copyright reform.’
The campaign also aims are raising awareness about the importance, for press publishers, of introducing a publisher’s right, which, according to them, would give to publishers ‘the right to legally protect what is theirs, which would help to address some of the key challenges that publishers are facing in a digitized media world.’
More information on this initiative can be found on the official website.