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IP/07/713

Brussels, 29 May 2007

Nine editors-in-chief discuss the future of the written press with Commission

How to improve the role of the written press in boosting public perceptions of Europe? How do editors-in-chief receive the Commission's recent media pluralism initiative? What is the impact of Web 2.0 features such as user-generated content and enhanced cross-media competition? These are topics for debate at a high-level meeting in Brussels today between Media Commissioner Viviane Reding and the written press.

"The written press faces excellent prospects in Web 2.0," says Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media. Many newspapers enjoy the deep trust of their readers. Free newspapers and user-generated contents will continue to gain ground, but I also think at the same time that journalism which is based on editorial discipline and on verifying the facts, will become even more important. The quality of editorial content has never been so important as today, as society overflows with information.”

Today’s talks between editors-in-chief and Commissioner Reding cover several broad subject areas, ranging from media pluralism and media literacy to copyright.

This is the third high-level dialogue between the written press and the Commission. It follows a first meeting in autumn 2005 (see IP/05/1164) and a second meeting in autumn 2006 (see IP/06/1445).

The editors gathered today come from Le Soir (Belgium), Stern (Germany), Die Presse (Austria), De Standaard (Belgium), 24 Chasa (Bulgaria), Romania Libera (Romania), Evenimentul Zilei (Romania), Mag (Slovenia) and El Pais (Spain).

For more on the activities of the Commission's Media Task Force, see:

http://europa.eu.int/information_society/media_taskforce/

High-Level Meeting
between Commissioner Reding
and European Editors-in-Chief

Participants

Ms Béatrice Delvaux
Rédactrice en Chef
Le Soir
Brussels, Belgium

Mr Hans-Ulrich Jorges
Deputy editor-in-chief
Stern
Germany

Mr Michael Fleischhacker
Chefredakteur
Die Presse
Vienna, Austria

Ms Venelina Gocheva
Editor-in-chief
24 Chasa
Sofia, Bulgaria

Mr Razvan Ionescu
Redactor-sef
Evenimentul Zilei
Bucharest, Romania

Mr Janez Markeš
Editor-in-chief
Weekly Mag
Slovenia

Mr Bart Sturtewagen
Hoofdredacteur
De Standaard
Groot-Bijgaarden
Belgium

Mr Dan Cristian Turturica
Redactor-sef
Romania Libera
Bucharest
Romania

Mr Xavier Vidal-Folch
Director adjunto
El Pais
Barcelona
Spain


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