ANSA/Anti-Fake News European Wire Service Alliance Launches – Lifestyle

(ANSA) – BRUSSELS, SEPTEMBER 7 – A common platform to tell the story of the Europe of the future – this is the mission of the European Newsroom (ENR), inaugurated on Tuesday evening in Brussels at the offices of Belga News agency.

The European Commission-funded project involves 18 news agencies, including ANSA, AFP and Germany’s dpa, which coordinates the initiative.

“Russia’s war against Ukraine, rising energy prices and climate change know no borders,” said European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova at the opening of the event.

“To better grasp the bigger picture, readers need a cross-border dimension and a constant reminder that European countries are not isolated but depend on each other.”

Citing various forms of pressure on the media, ranging from physical threats to economic pressure, Jourova stressed the need for tools to ensure that no media company “becomes a means of propaganda”.

She announced that next week the European Commission will present the Media Freedom Act, a set of rules to protect media freedom in the EU.

The inauguration included European Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, Commissioner for Promoting Our European Way of Life; Ambassador Francesco Maria Talò, Permanent Representative of Italy to NATO; ANSA CEO Stefano De Alessandri and dpa CEO Peter Kropsh.

“A collaboration between European news agencies to share best practices, improve news quality and fight disinformation: this is what the European Newsroom is,” De Alessandri said at the event.

EU Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni was on the same wavelength, stressing the crucial role of news agencies in “providing objective and accurate information.

“They are key to building a shared understanding of the facts and tackling the growing problem of disinformation and overt propaganda,” Gentiloni said.

“As the saying goes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts.” In this regard, I am confident that the European Newsroom will bring EU activities closer to home, improve the quality of public debate and will strengthen our democracies”.

The project aims to promote the spirit of cooperation between journalists from EU countries and countries applying to join the Union, to strengthen the European information network and citizens’ access to quality information, to stem the tide of disinformation to contain

In addition to reporting, journalists from the agencies involved also take part in training courses on topics such as fake news and fact checking.

The agencies involved in the initiative are: dpa (Germany), AFP (France), AGERPRES (Romania), ANSA (Italy), APA (Austria), ATA (Albania), Belga (Belgium), BTA (Bulgaria), EFE ( Spain), Europa Press (Spain), FENA (Bosnia and Herzegovina), HINA (Croatia), MIA (North Macedonia), STA (Slovenia), Tanjug (Serbia) and TASR (Slovakia).

In addition, Pap (Poland) and Ukrinform (Ukraine) have the status of partner news agencies.

The ENR’s multilingual website can be found at https://europeannewsroom.com. (ANSA).

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