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Noel Curran is the director general of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). He is the former director general of RTÉ in Ireland and an award-winning investigative journalist.
Regulators, media organisations, politicians, journalists and the public have allowed the digital revolution, with all its opportunities, to turn into ‘digital dominance’ by a handful of large internet players. This has allowed for a space where fake news can freely flourish.
News media organisations are now spending a lot of money, at a difficult time, fact-checking information on platforms that dwarf them in scale, income and resources. Does the belated conversion of these platforms into third party fact- checking tools go far enough given the extraordinary incomes they generate?
This imbalance is undermining news organisations – organisations that are key components of the democratic process. Surely, it is more than time for meaningful, mutually beneficial discussions between all of us in the industry and those outside the industry who understand what is at stake?
The EBU, representing 73 public service media organisations across 56 countries, welcomes the European Commission’s engagement on fake news and is keen to have an open exchange of views with all stakeholders in the debate. The creation of an EU Commission High-Level Group on Fake News is a good step in this direction.