Citizens' access to information depends on media freedom and diversity. The founding treaties give the EU a duty to protect media freedom and pluralism in line with EU values and principles on democracy and on citizenship.
We have led the fight in the EU against those right-wing governments which have tried to limit freedom of expression. Threats to media freedom continue to be reported across the EU: direct or indirect political control through the appointment by government of media control bodies, limiting media access through broadcasting limitations, using public order or morality as an excuse to impose censorship, violation of the principle of confidentiality of sources, and the absence of laws on media concentration and conflicts of interest. We call for common European standards and action to guarantee media freedom. When a serious risk or violation of media freedom and pluralism takes place in a European country, the EU must intervene and protect European democratic standards and citizens' rights.