Can the EU’s policies against fake news restore trust in journalism?

When reading the EU’s policy papers to tackle fake news, one might get the impression that digitalization and fake news are the main culprits of the current challenges to journalism. Keeping the EU’s market-oriented regulations for the media sector in mind, however, Asimina Michailidou, Elisabeth Eike and Hans-Jörg Trenz argue that the understanding of media as regular businesses instead of important democratic institutions is the main problem.

Civil society

NGO-run EU access request portal marks 10th anniversary

Over the first decade of its existence, has built a strong reputation among EU civil society, journalists, and researchers.


Member states & EU actors jump packed transparency bandwagon

All 27 EU member states, four responsible Commissioners, the European Ombudsman, and a cross-party coalition of 37 MEPs sign up to vaguely-worded “Transparency Pledge”.

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Legal reform

IIA on a ‘mandatory’ lobby register published in the Official Journal

Publication concludes a negotiating process that lasted more than four years. Critics still see many obstacles to the proper public scrutiny of lobbyists’ influence on EU decision making.

Representatives of the three institutions announce the conclusion of the negotiations for the IIA on mandatory lobby transparency in December 2020.