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: 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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Digital Services Act: IMCO draft report raises freedom of expression concerns
30.06.2021 5 min read

Digital Services Act: IMCO draft report raises freedom of expression concerns

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Digital Markets Act: Civil Society addresses the European Parliament (IMCO)
29.06.2021 5 min read

Digital Markets Act: Civil Society addresses the European Parliament (IMCO)

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EU: Due diligence obligations in the proposed Digital Services Act
21.05.2021 9 min read

EU: Due diligence obligations in the proposed Digital Services Act

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EU: Regulation of Notice and Action procedures in the Digital Services Act
21.05.2021 4 min read

EU: Regulation of Notice and Action procedures in the Digital Services Act

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EU: Regulation of recommender systems in the Digital Services Act
14.05.2021 7 min read

EU: Regulation of recommender systems in the Digital Services Act

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Europe: ARTICLE 19 and the Digital Markets Act debate
05.05.2021 5 min read

Europe: ARTICLE 19 and the Digital Markets Act debate

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EU: Disinformation guidance must protect freedom of expression
30.04.2021 3 min read

EU: Disinformation guidance must protect freedom of expression

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EU: Focus on political ad transparency, not contents
02.04.2021 5 min read

EU: Focus on political ad transparency, not contents

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EU: More ambitious DMA needs to shape digital markets of our future
11.03.2021 19 min read

EU: More ambitious DMA needs to shape digital markets of our future

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EU: Joint letter on protecting end users’ rights in the Digital Markets Act
11.02.2021 8 min read

EU: Joint letter on protecting end users’ rights in the Digital Markets Act

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EU: The Digital Markets Act must do more to protect end users’ rights
11.02.2021 5 min read

EU: The Digital Markets Act must do more to protect end users’ rights

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At a glance: Does the EU Digital Services Act protect freedom of expression?
11.02.2021 18 min read

At a glance: Does the EU Digital Services Act protect freedom of expression?

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EU: Open letter EU Commissioners on interoperability requirements
11.12.2020 3 min read

EU: Open letter EU Commissioners on interoperability requirements

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EU: EU institutions must protect freedom of expression standards in the Draft Regulation on Terrorist Content Online
29.10.2020 1 min read

EU: EU institutions must protect freedom of expression standards in the Draft Regulation on Terrorist Content Online

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EU: German Presidency Proposal for Terrorist Content Online Regulation fails to protect freedom of speech
14.10.2020 10 min read

EU: German Presidency Proposal for Terrorist Content Online Regulation fails to protect freedom of speech

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30.06.2020 7 min read

EU: Joint statement on DG CNECT and DG COMP inception impact assessments

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Europe: EU Communication on tackling coronavirus disinformation 
11.06.2020 3 min read

Europe: EU Communication on tackling coronavirus disinformation 

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07.04.2020 6 min read

EU: Terrorist Content Regulation must protect freedom of expression rights

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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: 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

Europe: States must better protect public watchdogs from legal abuse
24.10.2022 2 min read

Europe: States must better protect public watchdogs from legal abuse

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EU: Media Freedom Act is an important step in safeguarding media plurality
16.09.2022 7 min read

EU: Media Freedom Act is an important step in safeguarding media plurality

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Europe: Media Freedom Rapid Response continues its vital work
18.05.2022 5 min read

Europe: Media Freedom Rapid Response continues its vital work

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Europe Day: Open Letter to Commissioners for strong Media Freedom Act
09.05.2022 5 min read

Europe Day: Open Letter to Commissioners for strong Media Freedom Act

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Europe: Erosion of media freedom casts a shadow on safety of journalists
28.04.2022 3 min read

Europe: Erosion of media freedom casts a shadow on safety of journalists

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EU: Anti-SLAPPs initiative is a landmark step in the right direction
27.04.2022 3 min read

EU: Anti-SLAPPs initiative is a landmark step in the right direction

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Europe: ARTICLE 19 welcomes Council of Europe anti-SLAPPs initiatives
30.03.2022 6 min read

Europe: ARTICLE 19 welcomes Council of Europe anti-SLAPPs initiatives

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EU: ARTICLE 19’s recommendations for the European Media Freedom Act
28.03.2022 5 min read

EU: ARTICLE 19’s recommendations for the European Media Freedom Act

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EU: A call for action to combat SLAPPs
01.12.2020 6 min read

EU: A call for action to combat SLAPPs

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Europe: End gag lawsuits and protect democracy and fundamental rights
09.06.2020 8 min read

Europe: End gag lawsuits and protect democracy and fundamental rights

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European Union: Fund independent media to protect free speech and diversity of media
05.06.2020 3 min read

European Union: Fund independent media to protect free speech and diversity of media

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