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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, January 25, 2013

Media best controlled by the public sphere

In view of the media crisis in Europe, an expert committee set up by the EU Commission presented a report in Brussels on Monday calling among other things for stricter control of ethical standards in journalism by the EU. The liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung sees no need for such additional supervision. "Of course the report stresses that the bodies set up to monitor such standards would act independently of political influence. There can be no denying that numerous problems exist in the communications sector. However bringing these to the public's attention - if necessary by creating a scandal - is the task of NGOs, foundations, think tanks and the media themselves. A multi-voiced public discourse is the best way to engage in quality control in the media sector. The EU and the individual states should confine themselves to creating the proper framework. And if the competition doesn't play along, the EU already has the possibility to intervene. It has no need for further instruments."

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