Unravelling the Media Freedom Act proposal: Ambitious yet underwhelming?

Author: Konstantina Bania
Published: 23.09.2022
On 16 September, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its much-anticipated proposal for a Media Freedom Act (“MFA”). The proposed MFA is an ambitious initiative. It includes rules that would apply to all actors of the media ecosystem (Member States, broadcasters, press publishers, on-demand players, online platforms). It also seeks to address several complex issues which have been facing the media sector for decades and which have become more pronounced in recent years. Those include political interference with editorial decisions, the independence of public service media (“PSM”), media concentration, and platforms’ arbitrary decisions over media content. Against this background, proposing a regulatory tool that…