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The minutes have a list of the amendments "adopte, rejected, fallen and withdrawn".

There is a list of 242 amendments here in PDF.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 26th, 2008 at 03:41:31 PM EST
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Now this is interesting:

Motion for a resolution
C. whereas the unrestricted concentration
of ownership might jeopardise pluralism
and cultural diversity and whereas in
certain markets it is approaching a limit
whereby pluralism will no longer be
automatically guaranteed by free market

C. whereas experience shows that the
unrestricted concentration of ownership
jeopardises pluralism and cultural diversity
and whereas a system purely based on free
market competition alone is not able to
guarantee media pluralism,

A few of these around 24, described as 'fallen.'

Good news: Someone is fighting our corner
Bad news: They're not winning.

Even so - getting this into the minutes has to count for something.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jun 26th, 2008 at 04:02:43 PM EST
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Reading these pdfs is an insight into an arcane process.

I imagine that - with the enormous amount of written documentation - that sometimes legislation emerges that has been beaten into submission in earlier committees, and bubbles on upwards to the surface of voting as 'accepted wisdom' without the original opposing arguments ever being reconsidered.

I can't decide whether this carefully designed process can be gamed or not.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jun 26th, 2008 at 04:21:33 PM EST
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Having trawled through this, I'm not seeing anything worth getting over-excited about. The most controversial proposal is a call for self-regulation, which is hardly a major legal imposition, and 'clarification of the legal status' of blogs.

I'm not sure how the legal status can be clarified. The law seems clear enough in cases of libel or defamation, and it's not as if tradmedia have a particularly clear legal position.

The rest of the document is some rather limp and half-hearted discussion of tradmed plurality, with a view towards going forward etc etc towards guaranteeing standards and a vague sense of unease that perhaps too many media barons might not be an entirely good thing.

Maybe Brussels can turn this lettuce leaf document into a fierce protection of media consumer rights. Somehow I doubt it.

In the meantime we seem to be safe from 3am visits from the State Blog Police - so I think we can relax for now.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jun 26th, 2008 at 04:15:09 PM EST
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we seem to be safe from 3am visits from the State Blog Police

I'm sure Phony Tony's got you on some terrorist watch-list somewhere in the bowels of MI5.  You just don't know it yet.

This MEP is very condescending towards blogs, but that's par for the course in Serious journalism nowadays.  Joke Line will undoubtedly be knocking down our door any day now.

Doesn't seem to be a terribly worrying thing to me.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Jun 26th, 2008 at 10:19:43 PM EST
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