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European elections: EU Parliament, digital revolution, information and politics. The threat of fake news

(Brussels) Today’s roundtable at the European Parliament in Brussels will focus, among other things, on recent digital copyright legislation. “The agreement reached between the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the EU Commission last week sets out a framework of modern and fair rules for the protection of copyright, putting an end to the current digital wild west”, a statement reads. “An appropriate remuneration will be guaranteed to creators, authors, writers and all artists, from musicians to actors, from designers to stylists. Journalists, too, will be guaranteed a fair remuneration for their work, so as to protect media freedom, independence and quality”. According to Antonio Tajani, “the engagement of voters is fundamental for democracy. In order to actively participate in the political debate, citizens must be able to access comprehensive and accurate information. Radio and television broadcasters play a crucial role. On the one hand, they contribute to forming public opinion, for example, by reporting on different parties, their political programmes and candidates. On the other hand, they play a key role in countering disinformation, particularly at a time when the media industry is increasingly digitised and multi-platform”. Today’s roundtable (3pm-6pm) will feature an introduction by Tajani, and a keynote speech by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. An exchange of views will follow on the “threats and opportunities linked to the digitisation of the European media industry, particularly the audiovisual media”. Discussion will then focus on the “measures necessary to protect the upcoming European elections from fake news and disinformation”.

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