Estonia: Consumer watchdog wants to regulate news programmes

Estonia’s Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (TTJA) has proposed legislation to ensure that media service providers uphold balanced and impartial reporting in news programmes, ERR reports. Currently, Estonian media service providers are subject to license supervision, but there is no provisional control for foreign channels. TTJA plans to consult with other state agencies, including the Estonian Internal Security Service (KAPO), to make decisions on channel licenses. The objective is to prevent media outlets from misusing the media label for personal or political gain. The intention is to protect media freedom while promoting responsible and reliable journalism. Similar regulations are in place in the EU.