Media Freedom

The role of the media in any society is to investigate and share information and ideas, in particular on issues of public interest, so that the public is informed and able to play their part in political, economic and cultural life.    International law therefore requires States not only to refrain from controlling or restricting the media, but also to create an enabling legal and regulatory environment that allows the development of a free and diverse media landscape.

Media around the world has fundamentally changed in recent years. Although broadcast radio and television remain important sources of information and ideas, the Internet, and particularly social media platforms, have taken a position of ever growing importance as content distribution platforms, both for traditional media companies as well as emerging digital media companies.  These new actors have quickly risen to dominant positions.

Search engines and social media platforms now hold a decisive influence over the searchability, visibility or accessibility of media and other content.

The defence of media freedom requires us to protect against not only traditional forms of media restrictions, (such as the forced closure of newspapers, or the use of public advertising to control media content) but also against unprecedented new challenges, such as the control of information and ideas by private power-holders, or the difficulties of financing and promoting accurate and reliable information online.

SENEGAL: Media outlet attacked for reporting on Coronavirus
05.08.2020 4 min read

SENEGAL: Media outlet attacked for reporting on Coronavirus

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Malaysia: Police raid on Al Jazeera offices over migrant documentary is a blow to press freedom
04.08.2020 2 min read

Malaysia: Police raid on Al Jazeera offices over migrant documentary is a blow to press freedom

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Slovakia: Renewed calls for justice ahead of Ján Kuciak murder verdict
04.08.2020 8 min read

Slovakia: Renewed calls for justice ahead of Ján Kuciak murder verdict

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29.07.2020 3 min read

Serbia: financial probe into the work of journalists, media and civil society raises concern

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Tunisia: Imprisonment of journalist and writer Taoufik Ben Brik should be reversed
29.07.2020 4 min read

Tunisia: Imprisonment of journalist and writer Taoufik Ben Brik should be reversed

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Niger: ARTICLE 19 welcomes acquittal of Samira Sabou
28.07.2020 1 min read

Niger: ARTICLE 19 welcomes acquittal of Samira Sabou

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28.07.2020 8 min read

Hungary: Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners are profoundly concerned about the latest media freedom attacks in Hungary

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Sierra Leone: ARTICLE 19 welcomes the decriminalisation of defamation and seditious libel
25.07.2020 2 min read

Sierra Leone: ARTICLE 19 welcomes the decriminalisation of defamation and seditious libel

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NIGER: Release journalist and blogger Samira Sabou unconditionally
22.07.2020 9 min read

NIGER: Release journalist and blogger Samira Sabou unconditionally

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