Chapter 4: Public service media and European Union law: a new human rights framework?
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This chapter examines the changing focus of European Union engagement with Europe’s public service media over time. Although attitudes to public service media vary within and across the European Union institutions, there has been a tendency to problematize public service media as a potential threat to the development of media markets, particularly online. Growing awareness of the danger posed by media disinformation to the democratic process has, however, underlined the value of independent public service media, insulated from commercial and political pressures. The steps taken by the European Union to support the legitimacy and effectiveness of public service media with reference to fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights are thus explored, as well as the potential for further intervention on this basis in the future.

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