Estonia: Editorials criticise proposed state control of free press

Estonia’s daily newspapers, Eesti Päevaleht and Postimees, strongly criticised in their editorials on 5 July 2023 the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority’s (TTJA) proposed legislation to monitor the truthfulness, impartiality, and balance of news programmes, ERR reports. Both editorials strongly rejected the notion of state intervention in media, emphasising the importance of media freedom and existing mechanisms of self-regulation and journalistic ethics. They warned against the potential dangers of excessive regulation and erosion of press freedom in Estonia. In its editorial, Eesti Päevaleht said that the Estonian press did not need state control, while Postimees warned against the creation of a "Ministry of Truth."

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