The European Commission has long had ambitions to introduce EU-wide legislation on fighting racism and xenophobia but has seen them founder amid resistance from national governments.
Mr Frattini [the European Union commissioner for justice, freedom and security] said he was keen to move ahead with a voluntary code of conduct, to be drawn up by European media outlets with the assistance of the commission. The code would not have the status of an EU legal instrument and would not be enforceable by Union institutions.
By agreeing to a charter "the press will give the Muslim world the message: we are aware of the consequences of exercising the right of free expression, we can and we are ready to self-regulate that right", said.
Quinta-feira, Fevereiro 09, 2006
Euro-fascismo: Liberdade de expressão, sim: mas "auto-regulada" pelo Estado
" EU commissioner urges European press code on religion" (Telegraph):