European Media Literacy Week
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European Media Literacy Week (an EU-wide initiative of the European Commission) will take place from 18 to 22 March 2019. Various events around the topic of media literacy will take place in Brussels and on a national level in all EU Member States. Why is European Media Literacy Week crucial? In the digital age, a high level of media literacy is a key factor to enable citizens to make informed decisions. In this light, media literacy is a pre-requisite for a vibrant, modern democracy and an important topic in view of the upcoming European elections in May 2019. The goal of the European Media Literacy Week is to raise awareness on media literacy across the EU and to highlight existing initiatives at regional and national level. The main event will be a high-level conference on 19 March 2019 hosted by the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, in which Member States representatives, audiovisual regulators, media experts, journalists and the general public will discuss the role of quality journalism in a rapidly changing news environment, issues of trust and disinformation, and changing business models. Increased media literacy skills have the capacity to enable citizens to navigate the modern news environment in a creative way, take informed decisions based on critical thinking and increase citizens' resilience to disinformation. Read more on European Media Literacy Week on the EC website. More news will follow on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal nearer the time.