“We need powerful and independent media. What’s uncomfortable to autocrats and dictators is strong media. What we see in Russia is an example of how far it can go.” – Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency in the European Commission
This quote from Věra Jourová perfectly sums up the tone of 01 June, the day the Vice President of the European Commission visited the ECPMF offices in Leipzig. Throughout the day, the Vice President spoke with ECPMF staffers, journalists-in-residence, and representatives from the Media Foundation of Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony about the threats facing media freedom in Europe; with Russia’s war in Ukraine serving as an ever-present anchor point.