ERC sets out principles applicable to journalists' right of access to public places
Following a request for information from the Portuguese Journalists’ Professional License Committee on journalists' right of access to spaces open to the public, ERC’s Regulatory Board, on 9 November, adopted the Decision ERC/2023/408 (DJ) summarising the legal framework and the general principles applicable to the exercise of the right of access that have been governing ERC's decisions.
The regulator explains in the document that the right of access to information is the very core of the freedom of the press and journalists’ fundamental right. As general principle, journalists performing their work, and because of it, therefore have freedom of access to the information sources needed to achieve the right to information in its threefold form: the right to inform, to obtain information and to be informed.
ERC's new Regulatory Board takes up office
The members incorporating the next cycle of ERC´s Regulatory Board took up office before the President of the Portuguese Parliament on the December 14th at 12.00 pm in the Parliament premises.
The Board is now composed of the following five members: Helena Sousa (Chairman), Pedro Correia Gonçalves (Vice President), Telmo Gonçalves (Member), Carla Martins (Member) and Rita Rola (Member).
Investment in Institutional Advertisement drops 6 million in 2022
In 2022, services under the direct administration by the Portuguese State, public bodies, and national public corporate sector entities reported to ERC, via the Institutional Advertisement Digital Platform, the execution of 112 advertising campaigns totalling EUR 6 462 708,69 million. This represents a decrease of almost half of the amount of EUR 12 507 407,87 million intended for these campaigns in 2021. Television was the most prominent medium.
The funds available for regional and local media reached EUR 2 384 267,78 million, which corresponds to 36.9% of the total amount invested in the purchase of advertising spaces. In 2022, there was a 37 percentage increase in the funds for regional and local media as compared to 2021, despite the overall decrease in advertising investment.
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Unesco guidelines for the governance of digital platforms
UNESCO has launched Guidelines for the Governance of Digital Platforms.
The Guidelines outline a set of duties, responsibilities and roles for States, digital platforms, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, media, academia, the technical community and other stakeholders to enable the environment where freedom of expression and information are in the core of digital platforms governance processes.
The Guidelines were produced through a multi-stakeholder consultation that gathered more than 10,000 comments from 134 countries.