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Parliamentary questions
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5 December 2018
E-005056/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Gabriel on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005056/2018

Freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of democratic societies, enshrined in Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. The same Article provides that the freedom and pluralism of the media shall be respected.

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union only applies to Member States when they are implementing European Union law. When Member States are not implementating Union law, as in the case identified by the Honourable Member, it is for the national authorities to ensure that their obligations regarding fundamental rights resulting from international agreements and from national legislation are respected.

The Commission continues to provide funding to promote media freedom and pluralism and to defend journalists under threat(1). Given that the Commission has made it clear that targeted abuse of defamation laws can have a chilling effect on journalists, it has specifically funded a project which address this issue(2).

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/media-freedom-projects
(2)http://legaldb.freemedia.at/

Last updated: 6 December 2018Legal notice