The European Media Freedom Act: A bold move raising bold questions

Author: Konstantina Bania
Published: 02.05.2022
Digital regulation “aficionados” have been busy with the political agreement the EU institutions reached on the Digital Markets Act (“DMA”) and the Digital Services Act (“DSA”). Nevertheless, there is another initiative in the pipeline that may not have received much attention to date, namely the European Media Freedom Act (“EMFA”). This initiative raises a number of questions: Could the EMFA undermine one of the main objectives of emerging legislation, which is to level the (regulatory) playing field in markets where platforms operate? Does the EU have competence to regulate media freedom or media pluralism? Will the EMFA add value to the EU toolkit already in place?…