Historical vote for the press and democracy

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


- Strasbourg, 12 September 2018 -

Historical vote for the press and democracy

Europe’s press publishers applaud the historic adoption by the European Parliament of the copyright draft directive.

A spokesman for the publishers said: “This reform is not just about the modernisation of copyright but about the fundamental function of our democracies. Today the European parliamentarians prove they value the European independent press by voting for a publishers’ right that will help ensure the sustainability of the European press sector”.

The creation of a neighbouring right for press publishers was adopted. This new right will:

  • help secure our independent media for the next generation
  • help ensure journalists can benefit from a share of any revenue generated by the right
  • modernise copyright with a proportionate approach that does not stifle digital innovation
  • promote fairness in the digital ecosystem
  • make copyright work on the web for news publishers and their readers
  • allow consumers to continue to share links, create memes and use Wikipedia
  • support genuine publishers, not fake news, and help them
  • fulfil their role in a democratic society
  • encourage innovation and publishing start-ups


Next steps:

The European parliament granted the rapporteur a mandate to start negotiating with the European Commission and the European Council. Press publishers urge EU institutions to adopt the final text before the end of this legislature.

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Note to Editors:

ENPA, the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association, is an international non-profit organisation representing publishers of newspaper and news media on all platforms. In a rapidly changing media environment, ENPA supports publishers with the aim of achieving a successful and sustainable future for independent news media in Europe. See: www.enpa.eu

EMMA, the European Magazine Media Association, is the unique and complete representation of Europe’s magazine media, which is today enjoyed by millions of consumers on various platforms. EMMA represents 15,000 publishing houses, publishing 50,000 magazine titles across Europe in print and digital. See: magazinemedia.eu

EPC, the European Publishers Council is a high level group of Chairmen and CEOs of leading European media corporations actively involved in multimedia markets spanning newspaper, magazine, book, journal, internet and online database publishers, and radio and TV broadcasting. See: http://epceurope.eu/ NME, News Media Europe (NME) represents the progressive news media industry in Europe – over 2200 European titles of newspapers, radio, TV and internet. See: http://epceurope.eu/

NME is committed to maintaining and promoting the freedom of the press, to upholding and enhancing the freedom to publish, and to championing the newsbrands which are one of the most vital parts of Europe’s creative industries. See: http://www.newsmediaeurope.eu/


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