update: 28.08.2018 09:50
released: 28.08.2018, 09:36
Prague – A dozen European journalists supported the call for MEPs to impose on large internet platforms the obligation to transfer part of their financial profits to the media whose media articles, photos & video & # 39 ; s refer to. The European Parliament will discuss the European Copyright Directive in mid-September, but it is uncertain whether this financial obligation will be maintained. In July MEPs found insufficient support for him.
The dispute concerns in particular Article 11, which allows publishers to charge a fee for a simple link or preview of an article on internet platforms. In practice, platforms such as Google News, Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter or even the Czech list are expected to share the profits that the ad achieves. Platforms defend this, as critics of some political institutions, such as the pirate parties who claim to defend the freedom of the Internet.
On the initiative of the AFP AFP of the French AFP news agency Sammy Ketz, active in the Middle East, a petition requesting the maintenance of Article 11 in the Directive is maintained. According to him, it is the issue of the continued existence of independent media in Europe, confirming ownership rights to internet-based creation. Without this article, journalists would continue to work de facto for the platforms, free, anonymously and without any recognition.
103 journalists from 27 European countries, including a number of national and international journalists, have signed the call. The Czech Republic joined the Czech editor-in-chief Radka Marková, Czech TV news writer Jakub Szántó and Czech radio journalist Lucie Vopálenská. The article by one of the most respected AFP journalists today printed a number of European media, including a number of Czech news sites.
Ketz drew attention to the problem through the opinion of war reporters whose financial crisis in the crisis is extremely demanding for the media. "For more than 40 years in the journalistic sector, I have witnessed the fact that the number of journalists in the place where something is happening is gradually decreasing, which increases the risk of journalists being killed, we have become targets. and our outposts are getting more and more money, "he wrote.
"The times that a jacket, a t-shirt and a pocket of a document have been sufficient are long gone, now you need a bulletproof vest, armored cars, sometimes personal guards and insurances, which ensure , and a lot, "Ketz said. .
"Despite paying content and sending journalists who risk their own lives to make reliable, comprehensive and credible news, it's not the ones who make the most of it, they're internet platforms that do not have to pay a penny, it's completely the same, as someone else who comes in and absolutely shamelessly reaps the fruits of your work – you can not apologize for such a thing in democracy and it is even morally unjustifiable, "said the press news agency.
"Many friends ended up at the newspaper because their publisher failed or could no longer pay," he added.