Europe to monitor media traffic

Literacy indicators to evaluate digital world

BRUSSELS -- Plans to monitor the way Europeans access and consume television, film, computer games, the Internet and advertising were confirmed Friday by the European parliament.

The project will create media literacy indicators across the European Union, and aims to analyze the barrage of media that now confronts people on a daily basis.

MEPs said the plans are devised to provide Europeans with the information and resources needed to get to grips with the new digital world and discern fact from opinion or fiction.

They underlined the role of continuous evaluation rather than regulation. "Recipients should be able to take their own decisions without letting themselves be brainwashed by outside operators," the parliament said.