The EU passed The Media Freedom Act preventing governments from spying on the press. The law, however, contains a provision that allows for spying on the press “on the ground of national security…or in case of investigations of a closed list of crimes, such as terrorism, child abuse or murder.”
European media could soon be subject to new rules that aim to protect journalism from government influence and spying.
The Media Freedom Act, adopted last week by the European Commission, bans the use of spyware and other surveillance tactics against journalists and their family members. The act also forbids the search and seizure of media offices. However, the act makes an exception to these rules “on the ground of national security…or in case of investigations of a closed list of crimes, such as terrorism, child abuse or murder.”
The law also addresses the “opaque and unfair allocation of state advertising” which the commission argues may influence public media or subsidize “media outlets that provide government-friendly views.”
The legislation is also intended to protect against “rogue media service providers…which may prejudice or pose risks of prejudice to public security and defense.” Earlier this year, the EU implemented a ban on the media outlet Russia…