Euro gov’t wary of mergers

BRUSSELS — The European Parliament on Thursday urged a crackdown on media concentration it said was stifling the information and culture available to European Union citizens.

“What we propose is that the (European) Commission should be called upon to draw up a media (law) and at the same time set up a media council,” German Socialist Euro-MP Dieter Schinzel told the Parliament, unveiling a resolution urging maintenance of media pluralism.

The European Commission last year called for ideas on how it should approach the issue of media mergers at a time when most economic sectors in the Union are moving toward a single border free market.

Europe’s largest publishers have made clear they deeply oppose any move to cramp their chance to expand, saying it will tie their hands against competitors in the United States and Japan.

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