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Nine editors-in-chief discuss the future of the written press with Commission
Commission Européenne - IP/07/713 29/05/2007
Brussels, 29 May 2007
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.
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:
Ms Béatrice Delvaux
Mr Hans-Ulrich Jorges
Mr Michael Fleischhacker
Ms Venelina Gocheva
Mr Razvan Ionescu
Mr Janez Markeš
Mr Bart Sturtewagen
Mr Dan Cristian Turturica
Mr Xavier Vidal-Folch