At a time when traditional newspapers and TV stations are constantly criticized and accused of producing “fake news” by US President Donald Trump and other world leaders, the message of the 94-year-old British sovereign represents a rare tribute to the media industry.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has once again demonstrated the importance of the public service provided by traditional media companies, both nationally and internationally,” the Queen of Great Britain said in a message to News Media Association members.

“As our world has changed dramatically, trust in credible sources of information, especially at a time when there are so many sources competing for our attention, is vital,” she added.

The impact of social networks on democracy and especially the huge flow of misinformation circulating among users of these online platforms are the subject of heated and unresolved debates in several major Western countries, especially in the United States, notes Reuters, taken over by agerpres.ro.

According to the British Constitution, the monarch does not usually speak on political issues. Queen Elizabeth II’s decision to send this public message in support of media companies suggests that the sovereign did not consider the subject controversial.