Our work in the European Union

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The European Union is a political, economic and social union between 27 member states, founded on the values of respect for human dignity and rights, freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

There are a variety of ways the EU can promote those values and objectives, and doing so has the potential to set global standards around the world. 

ARTICLE 19 works directly with legislators, policy makers, regulators, relevant stakeholders and partners, including consumer and civil society organisations, to ensure that EU rules and frameworks  uphold its stated commitments to human rights, particularly the right to free expression and the right to information. We do so mainly through advocacy, research, and the shaping of policy proposals.

Among others, our advocacy is focused on ensuring that the right to free expression is respected both online and offline; that digital and media markets operate in the interest of the citizens and are compatible with democratic resilience; that new technologies comply with international human rights standards; and that Europe is a place where free, independent and pluralist media can thrive and journalists can hold power to account without fear of harassment or intimidation. 

Platform and digital markets regulation

Big tech companies exercise unprecedented power to decide what we see and access, how we interact with each other and what we can and cannot say online. 

With no accountability and driven by an exploitative business model, the actions of those companies have led to human rights violations, including gross violations of privacy, freedom of expression and non-discrimination. 

ARTICLE 19 has long argued that successful regulation of digital services must place protection of human rights and free speech online at its core. We also believe that taming corporate power in the digital markets with competition law and policy is crucial to ensuring people have genuine choice around their activities online. 

Platform and digital markets regulation resources

EU: Joint call for effective Digital Markets Act enforcement
08.02.2024 1 min read

EU: Joint call for effective Digital Markets Act enforcement

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EU: Submission to European Commission on Microsoft-OpenAI ‘partnership’
30.01.2024 24 min read

EU: Submission to European Commission on Microsoft-OpenAI ‘partnership’

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EU: Call for precise interpretation of Digital Services Act
18.01.2024 5 min read

EU: Call for precise interpretation of Digital Services Act

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EU: Digital Services Act infringement proceedings against X (Twitter)
19.12.2023 5 min read

EU: Digital Services Act infringement proceedings against X (Twitter)

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Enforcement of Digital Markets Act: Symposium
17.11.2023 2 min read

Enforcement of Digital Markets Act: Symposium

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France: Civil society takes EU’s dangerous terrorist content regulation to court
09.11.2023 3 min read

France: Civil society takes EU’s dangerous terrorist content regulation to court

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Europe: Digital Markets Act takes a stand against user profiling
19.09.2023 1 min read

Europe: Digital Markets Act takes a stand against user profiling

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EU: Political Advertising Proposal is well-intentioned yet concerning
23.08.2023 5 min read

EU: Political Advertising Proposal is well-intentioned yet concerning

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EU: DSA doesn’t permit the arbitrary blocking of online platforms
02.08.2023 3 min read

EU: DSA doesn’t permit the arbitrary blocking of online platforms

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EU: Digital Services Act does not provide a green light for platform blocking
26.07.2023 7 min read

EU: Digital Services Act does not provide a green light for platform blocking

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EU: Human rights-centred Digital Services Act must include global voices
11.07.2023 6 min read

EU: Human rights-centred Digital Services Act must include global voices

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Digital Markets Act: Submission on gatekeeper compliance reports
11.07.2023 1 min read

Digital Markets Act: Submission on gatekeeper compliance reports

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EU: Civil society must play a role in Digital Markets Act implementation
31.05.2023 3 min read

EU: Civil society must play a role in Digital Markets Act implementation

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EU: Telecom interests must not trump human rights
23.05.2023 4 min read

EU: Telecom interests must not trump human rights

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EU: European Commission must guard against exploitative abuses
11.05.2023 3 min read

EU: European Commission must guard against exploitative abuses

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EU: network fees threaten consumer rights and choice
03.05.2023 9 min read

EU: network fees threaten consumer rights and choice

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EU: Ensure robust civil society involvement to enforce Digital Services Act
02.05.2023 4 min read

EU: Ensure robust civil society involvement to enforce Digital Services Act

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Taming the Titans podcast: Momentum is Building – So Where Now?
28.02.2023 1 min read

Taming the Titans podcast: Momentum is Building – So Where Now?

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Podcast: Taming the Titans
15.02.2023 2 min read

Podcast: Taming the Titans

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Taming the Titans podcast: Hope on the Horizon
14.02.2023 1 min read

Taming the Titans podcast: Hope on the Horizon

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Taming the Titans podcast: Big Tech to Titan Tech
07.02.2023 1 min read

Taming the Titans podcast: Big Tech to Titan Tech

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EU: More transparency needed in merger control
30.01.2023 3 min read

EU: More transparency needed in merger control

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EU: Rules for political advertising must protect democracy and human rights
01.11.2022 2 min read

EU: Rules for political advertising must protect democracy and human rights

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Twitter: What Elon Musk must do if he really wants to protect free speech
28.10.2022 4 min read

Twitter: What Elon Musk must do if he really wants to protect free speech

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EU: Participation of civil society in competition law enforcement crucial
19.10.2022 3 min read

EU: Participation of civil society in competition law enforcement crucial

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Digital markets: Why competition is good for freedom of expression
27.07.2022 5 min read

Digital markets: Why competition is good for freedom of expression

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EU: Ensure effective enforcement of Digital Markets Act
28.06.2022 4 min read

EU: Ensure effective enforcement of Digital Markets Act

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EU: Protect privacy and free expression by withdrawing Internet law
08.06.2022 10 min read

EU: Protect privacy and free expression by withdrawing Internet law

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EU: Dangers of the proposed regulation to fight child sexual abuse online
13.05.2022 4 min read

EU: Dangers of the proposed regulation to fight child sexual abuse online

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EU: Fix Digital Markets Act flaws to protect competition and users’ rights
19.04.2022 2 min read

EU: Fix Digital Markets Act flaws to protect competition and users’ rights

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EU: Digital Services Act crisis response mechanism must honour human rights
13.04.2022 8 min read

EU: Digital Services Act crisis response mechanism must honour human rights

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EU: ARTICLE 19’s recommendations for the Digital Services Act trilogue
25.02.2022 8 min read

EU: ARTICLE 19’s recommendations for the Digital Services Act trilogue

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EU: Users’ voices must be heard as Digital Markets Act comes into force
22.02.2022 5 min read

EU: Users’ voices must be heard as Digital Markets Act comes into force

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EU: Digital Markets Act must enhance free speech
11.02.2022 7 min read

EU: Digital Markets Act must enhance free speech

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Europe: ‘Right to be forgotten’ must not extend to media archives
24.01.2022 5 min read

Europe: ‘Right to be forgotten’ must not extend to media archives

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EU: Another missed opportunity to ensure a pluralistic digital ecosystem
14.12.2021 3 min read

EU: Another missed opportunity to ensure a pluralistic digital ecosystem

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EU: A diverse, decentralised digital services environment will protect rights
04.11.2021 4 min read

EU: A diverse, decentralised digital services environment will protect rights

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EU: Civil society urges EU to fix algorithms
22.09.2021 15 min read

EU: Civil society urges EU to fix algorithms

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EU: Stop platforms from suppressing public interest research
13.09.2021 8 min read

EU: Stop platforms from suppressing public interest research

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Technology and surveillance

The development of new technologies brings with itself a lot of promise but it can also have grave consequences for human rights and democracy. 

The unchecked development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence, biometric and other surveillance technologies threaten our fundamental rights. Certain practices, such as indiscriminate or arbitrarily-targeted use of facial recognition in public spaces should never be allowed as they are simply incompatible with democratic values and human rights 

ARTICLE 19 advocates for EU regulation which ensures transparency and oversight, and protects our rights to privacy and data protection; the right to freedom of expression; rights to free assembly and association; and the rights to equality and non-discrimination. 

Technology and surveillance resources

EU: Open letter on security-cloaked threats to encryption
11.01.2024 7 min read

EU: Open letter on security-cloaked threats to encryption

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EU: AI Act negotiators must not trade away our rights
08.12.2023 7 min read

EU: AI Act negotiators must not trade away our rights

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Europe: Micro-targeting and conflict of interest raise serious ethics questions 
25.10.2023 2 min read

Europe: Micro-targeting and conflict of interest raise serious ethics questions 

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EU: Court denies full transparency about emotion recognition
07.09.2023 7 min read

EU: Court denies full transparency about emotion recognition

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EU: Artificial Intelligence Act must do more to protect human rights
18.04.2023 9 min read

EU: Artificial Intelligence Act must do more to protect human rights

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Europe: Journalists must be better protected as press freedom declines
15.03.2023 5 min read

Europe: Journalists must be better protected as press freedom declines

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Emotion (Mis)Recognition: is the EU missing the point?
02.02.2023 9 min read

Emotion (Mis)Recognition: is the EU missing the point?

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EU: Pegasus spyware Inquiry must hear the voices of human rights defenders
25.05.2022 7 min read

EU: Pegasus spyware Inquiry must hear the voices of human rights defenders

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EU: Authoritarian technological surveillance versus fundamental rights
10.05.2022 5 min read

EU: Authoritarian technological surveillance versus fundamental rights

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EU: AI development for military and national security must uphold rights
24.03.2022 1 min read

EU: AI development for military and national security must uphold rights

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EU: Research into biometric technologies must be transparent
22.02.2022 6 min read

EU: Research into biometric technologies must be transparent

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EU: Risky biometric technology projects must be transparent from the start
16.12.2021 7 min read

EU: Risky biometric technology projects must be transparent from the start

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EU: NSO Group tech must be on global sanction list
03.12.2021 9 min read

EU: NSO Group tech must be on global sanction list

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EU: Put fundamental rights first in AI Act
01.12.2021 2 min read

EU: Put fundamental rights first in AI Act

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Europe: Artificial Intelligence Act must protect free speech and privacy
22.10.2021 21 min read

Europe: Artificial Intelligence Act must protect free speech and privacy

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EU: Action needed to tackle spyware abuses after Pegasus revelations
15.09.2021 7 min read

EU: Action needed to tackle spyware abuses after Pegasus revelations

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EU: New proposal on artificial intelligence must protect human rights
22.04.2021 6 min read

EU: New proposal on artificial intelligence must protect human rights

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Open letter: European Commission must ban biometric mass surveillance
01.04.2021 10 min read

Open letter: European Commission must ban biometric mass surveillance

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EU: Civil society challenges EU plans to expand biometric mass surveillance
15.12.2020 6 min read

EU: Civil society challenges EU plans to expand biometric mass surveillance

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Media and journalism

In recent years, the attacks on journalists in the EU have increased at a worrying rate and governments have made more attempts to curtail independence of media outlets. 

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) continue to threaten public watchdogs, as powerful individuals use their money and influence to discourage journalists from reporting on public interest topics. 

ARTICLE 19 works to ensure that the EU creates robust protections for journalists and media freedom. We support the development of anti-SLAPPs regulation and of regulatory frameworks that guarantee media plurality, freedom and independence.

Media and journalism resources

Slovakia: Justice for Kuciak and Kušnírová and protection for media freedom
21.02.2024 9 min read

Slovakia: Justice for Kuciak and Kušnírová and protection for media freedom

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Greece: Stemming the tide of media freedom decline
30.01.2024 3 min read

Greece: Stemming the tide of media freedom decline

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Israel and Palestine: EU must call for protection of journalists
24.01.2024 8 min read

Israel and Palestine: EU must call for protection of journalists

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Greece: Drop SLAPP lawsuit against media and journalists
18.01.2024 6 min read

Greece: Drop SLAPP lawsuit against media and journalists

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Italy: Solidarity with Greenpeace and ReCommon, targeted by legal threats
21.12.2023 3 min read

Italy: Solidarity with Greenpeace and ReCommon, targeted by legal threats

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Italy: How to counter SLAPPs? CASE Italia sets out its goal
21.12.2023 2 min read

Italy: How to counter SLAPPs? CASE Italia sets out its goal

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Slovakia: New government threatens democracy and embeds culture of impunity
13.12.2023 10 min read

Slovakia: New government threatens democracy and embeds culture of impunity

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Hungary: Draft Sovereignty Protection Act threatens independent media
04.12.2023 8 min read

Hungary: Draft Sovereignty Protection Act threatens independent media

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Germany: Solidarity with Russian dissident authors facing an injunction
24.11.2023 4 min read

Germany: Solidarity with Russian dissident authors facing an injunction

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UK: Firm support for Carole Cadwalladr in light of steep costs order
20.11.2023 3 min read

UK: Firm support for Carole Cadwalladr in light of steep costs order

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Ireland: Sinn Féin’s legal actions against media bear hallmarks of SLAPPs
20.11.2023 3 min read

Ireland: Sinn Féin’s legal actions against media bear hallmarks of SLAPPs

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Italy: Summons of RAI presenter Sigfrido Ranucci is blatant intimidation
15.11.2023 4 min read

Italy: Summons of RAI presenter Sigfrido Ranucci is blatant intimidation

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Netherlands: Solidarity with daily newspaper FD as it faces a SLAPP
13.11.2023 6 min read

Netherlands: Solidarity with daily newspaper FD as it faces a SLAPP

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Europe: ‘We refuse to let the anti-SLAPP directive be a missed opportunity’
08.11.2023 5 min read

Europe: ‘We refuse to let the anti-SLAPP directive be a missed opportunity’

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Turkey: Charges against journalist Baransel Ağca must be dismissed
06.11.2023 4 min read

Turkey: Charges against journalist Baransel Ağca must be dismissed

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Europe: End impunity for Crimes against Journalists
02.11.2023 10 min read

Europe: End impunity for Crimes against Journalists

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EU: Polish election reinforces demands for the EU Media Freedom Act
24.10.2023 4 min read

EU: Polish election reinforces demands for the EU Media Freedom Act

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Malta: Media freedom groups call for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and press safety
16.10.2023 3 min read

Malta: Media freedom groups call for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and press safety

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EU: Media pluralism test key for an effective European Media Freedom Act
27.09.2023 5 min read

EU: Media pluralism test key for an effective European Media Freedom Act

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SDG Summit: A missed opportunity for freedom of expression and information
21.09.2023 8 min read

SDG Summit: A missed opportunity for freedom of expression and information

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Greece: International press freedom mission to Athens
18.09.2023 1 min read

Greece: International press freedom mission to Athens

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