Media Alliance is a network of publications and journalists active in the wider European left, founded in March 2021. The project is sponsored by transform!italia in cooperation with transform!europe.
The aim of the Media Alliance project is to create a public opinion that is purely European and not influenced by a national view of the news, often influenced by liberalist rampant authority. The concrete ways in which this will be achieved are public meetings and articles exchange between European publications that are part of the network.
At this stage, our media partners are: I Avgi (Greece), I epohí (Greece), Esquerda.net (Portugal), L’Humanité (France), Left (Italy), Mundo Obrero (Spain), Neues Deutschland (Germany), Solidaire (Belgium), Strajk.eu (Poland)
Our mission is…
Our idea is that we need a public opinion that is purely European and not influenced by a national view of the news, often influenced by liberalist rampant authority. We think that building such awareness with the power of leftist ideals is an extremely fundamental issue for the democracy and politics of our times. The majority of the crucial economic, political and social decisions are made at European level. There is no real public opinion on them, even if having one is considered a fundamental part of democracy. The way to create it could be, in our opinion, the creation of a network of newspapers and journalists active in the wider European left.
The EU institutions have tools such as Eurobarometer, through which they try to evaluate the citizens thinking about various topics. However, these same tools register that European public opinion is above all a sum of national thoughts. People may identify themselves as generically European, but much less as EU citizens. Relevant issues are perceived differently more often for the effects of their belonging to a State rather than for their social class or political orientations. There is a lack of daily public information and debate on European issues. Only half of the people interviewed by Eurobarometer answered that information provided by national media about the EU is “about the right amount” (EB 92.3 – Autumn 2019). A resolution of the European Parliament also highlighted the necessity of a truly European public opinion, formed with the contribution of mass media. Our priority now should be the creation of a pluralistic information system that is against fake news and ensures the freedom of media workers. Only 39% of Europeans think that its national public service media are free from political pressure, and 74% believe that “the existence of news or information that misrepresents reality or is even false is a problem” in its country (EB 92.3).
The exceptional circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted how important it is to have European citizens that are informed exhaustively and have access to the public debate to form their minds and make the right choices.
Our aim is to work on a long-term path that involves public meetings (online) and articles exchange between European publications that are part of the network in order to achieve the goals mentioned above.