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.

Poland: Civil defamation case against Professor Wojciech Sadurski should be dropped
22.01.2020 3 min read

Poland: Civil defamation case against Professor Wojciech Sadurski should be dropped

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ARTICLE 19 condemns cybercrime charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald
21.01.2020 2 min read

ARTICLE 19 condemns cybercrime charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald

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UN: Commitments on paper to protect journalists not enough
16.01.2020 11 min read

UN: Commitments on paper to protect journalists not enough

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15.01.2020 1 min read

Malaysia: ARTICLE 19 welcomes withdraw of criminal defamation charges against journalist

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Assange: Concerns over use of embassy surveillance in extradition proceedings
18.12.2019 2 min read

Assange: Concerns over use of embassy surveillance in extradition proceedings

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UK: Government must cease threats to the independence of the BBC
17.12.2019 1 min read

UK: Government must cease threats to the independence of the BBC

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UK election 2019: We need to change the rules on poll day reporting
11.12.2019 7 min read

UK election 2019: We need to change the rules on poll day reporting

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09.12.2019 5 min read

Turkey: Judicial harassment of ex-Cumhuriyet journalists must end

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03.12.2019 26 min read

Hungary: Conclusions of the Joint International Press Freedom Mission

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