Newspaper Publishers Warn of Risk to Press Freedom and Distribution in Proposed EU Data Protection Regulation
Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00
Athens, Greece 8th November 2013 – Newspaper publishers and national newspaper associations from around Europe warned today that the new EU Data Protection Regulation could jeopardise press freedom and distribution of press titles in Europe.
The General Assembly of European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA), meeting in Athens, adopted a Resolution calling on the European Union and national governments to ensure that the new Data Protection Regulation includes a clear and binding exemption to protect journalistic data processing.
ENPA delegates also unanimously called for a Data Protection Regulation which does not destroy longstanding direct marketing practices used to contact press subscribers.
The Resolution comes at a time when the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers are due to continue negotiations to find an eventual agreement on a new EU Data Protection Regulation. This follows a vote on a compromise package in the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament on 21st October, 2013.
ENPA President, Ivar Rusdal, said: "The European Union and Member States have often declared the vital importance of press freedom and media pluralism. So newspaper publishers expect that the final Data Protection Regulation will be negotiated in full respect of European fundamental values. The democratic mission of the press to publish editorial content should not be undermined by new restrictions.
"The ability to reach new readers is also crucial for the future sustainability of the press. We therefore call on legislators to ensure that the final Data Protection Regulation will not destroy communication channels that have been used for decades to develop press circulation."
ENPA is an international non-profit organisation representing publishers of newspapers and news media on all platforms. ENPA represents over 5,200 national, regional and local newspaper titles, published in 23 EU Member States, plus Norway, Switzerland and Serbia. Website: www.enpa.be
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The Online Publishers Association Europe Appoints Head of Institutional Relations
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 08:01
Effective from 1st October, 2013, OPA Europe is pleased to announce that Rosalia Lloret is taking on the new role of Head of Institutional Relations. This position has been created to support membership growth for the association and to represent the common interests of its members in the face of the ever-changing legislative environment in Europe.
Rosalia Lloret has 20 years experience working on internet projects, most recently as Chief Digital Officer at Grupo Prisa News, publisher of El País, which followed her experience at Unidad Editorial in a similar role. Previously Rosalia was Director of Interactive Media at RTVE, Spain's public broadcaster, and a member of its Executive Board. In this position, she was responsible for the creation of the new Interactive Media division and the design of RTVE's strategy across online, mobile and iTV. She was also Head of Content in the original team that designed Terra.es (Telefónica), and co-founder of Ya.com (Orange), where she held the position of Chief Content and Services Officer. During her employment at Prisa and Unidad Editorial, Rosalia was an active participant in OPA Europe on behalf of both member companies.
Nikos Gouraros, OPA Europe President, said of this appointment, "We are so pleased to welcome Rosalia back to the association. Her wonderful personality, professionalism and huge experience in the digital media world, are values which make an excellent combination for the Institutional Relations responsibilities of OPA Europe."
Of her appointment, Rosalia Lloret said, "I'm very happy to be back at OPA Europe, and am looking forward to working with the members and staff to strengthen the role of the association as a powerful think tank and a beacon of quality media in Europe."
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Founded in 2003 by some of the European Internet's leading content brands, OPA Europe represents the interests of first-rate online publishers before the advertising community, the press, governmental and European institutions and the public at large. OPA Europe seeks to establish and promote the Internet as an effective advertising medium for marketers and a sustainable media business for publishers, thereby ensuring the continued availability of quality content to serve the public good. Members of OPA Europe are: Agora (Poland), Gruppo Espresso (Italy), New York Times Global/International Herald Tribune (Europe), Lambrakis Press (Greece), Le Figaro (France), Le Monde Interactif (France), Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy), Prisa/El País (Spain), RCS Mediagroup (Italy), Turkuvaz Media group (Turkey), Unidad Editorial/El Mundo (Spain) and Spiegel Online (Germany).