Joint Letter
From blueprint to footprint: Safeguarding media freedom and pluralism through the European Rule of Law Mechanism
Joint civil society organisation recommendations


Dear Vice-President Jourova,
Dear Commissioner Reynders, 

I hope this finds you well. Please find attached a letter and joint recommendations from 24 civil society organisations, on how to effectively safeguard media freedom and pluralism through the European Rule of Law Mechanism. 

At a time when some member states are using the COVID-19 crisis to take emergency measures restricting the ability of the media and journalists to inform citizens, a strong stance from the EU to safeguard the rule of law is more than needed. This is why we urge you to make the most of the potential of the Mechanism and ensure it paves the way for a durable, critical and permanent process.

We thank you for taking our concerns into consideration, and hope to have the opportunity to discuss them further with you. 

We look forward to your response. 


Jessica Machacova, on behalf of:

  • ActiveWatch
  • Association Mondiale des Radiodiffuseurs Communautaires Europe (AMARC Europe)
  • Archiwum Osiatyńskiego
  • ARTICLE 19
  • Budapest Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  • Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation
  • DW Akademie 
  • European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)
  • European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  • Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
  • Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation
  • Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
  • Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
  • IFEX
  • International Press Institute (IPI)
  • Media Diversity Institute (MDI)
  • Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC)
  • Norsk PEN
  • PEN International
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  • South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
  • South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM)
  • Stichting Democracy & Media

Jessica Machacova
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