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The scale of the COVID-19 crisis is central to the current considerations of ERGA (the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services) and its members, including ALIA.

In a press release, the group reiterated “the need for reliable information on the disease itself and the protective measures taken by authorities. (…)

However, the economic effects of the crisis hit hardest audio-visual media companies, many of which were already under financial strain in a rapidly changing market. The restrictions of movement and other control measures decided by the national authorities to contain a further spread of the virus also complicate the functioning of media outlets.

In view of the critical importance of media for our societies and the current crisis, ERGA will contribute to shaping the measures aimed at reducing the impact of COVID-19 on the media sector in the EU Single Market.”

At the same time, a number of questions are being raised as to how press freedom, freedom to inform and freedom of expression can be guaranteed despite the restrictions linked with the health crisis.

In this context, ALIA has launched a survey among the country’s media to assess the impact of the current crisis on their activities after several weeks of lockdown measures and to identify the main difficulties and challenges facing the industry.