Motion for a resolution - B8-0408/2016Motion for a resolution

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on protecting the confidentiality of journalistic sources


pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

Dominique Bilde


Motion for a European Parliament resolution on protecting the confidentiality of journalistic sources

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the Trade Secrets Directive is being discussed in Parliament and will be soon put to the vote;


B.  whereas any business will be able to arbitrarily decide if a piece of information of economic importance can be disclosed or not;


C.  whereas in the event that a source or a journalist betrays a trade secret, they risk having to pay enormous amounts of money or receiving a prison sentence;


D.  whereas it is necessary to allow journalists to perform their duty of informing the public without hindrance and to play the role of ‘watchdog of democracy’, as stipulated by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR);


1.Calls on the Commission and the Parliament to abolish the Trades Secrets Directive;


2.Calls on the Commission to prohibit all breaches of the confidentiality of sources, unless that breach is justified in that it prevents or deters serious harm against a person or a fundamental interest of a State;


3.Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council and the Member States.