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.

Albania: Media must not be prosecuted for public interest reporting
23.09.2022 5 min read

Albania: Media must not be prosecuted for public interest reporting

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Italy: Take a stand against SLAPPs and support the right to information
21.09.2022 8 min read

Italy: Take a stand against SLAPPs and support the right to information

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Europe: Journalists speak of the devastating impact of SLAPPs
20.09.2022 7 min read

Europe: Journalists speak of the devastating impact of SLAPPs

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EU: Media Freedom Act is an important step in safeguarding media plurality
16.09.2022 7 min read

EU: Media Freedom Act is an important step in safeguarding media plurality

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Kyrgyzstan: Release journalist held on charges of inciting ‘ethnic hatred’
09.09.2022 4 min read

Kyrgyzstan: Release journalist held on charges of inciting ‘ethnic hatred’

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Serbia: Support for OK Radio in the face of intimidation
07.09.2022 6 min read

Serbia: Support for OK Radio in the face of intimidation

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UK: New leadership must protect fundamental freedoms
05.09.2022 10 min read

UK: New leadership must protect fundamental freedoms

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Turkey: Restore independent newspaper’s right to publish public advertising
26.08.2022 5 min read

Turkey: Restore independent newspaper’s right to publish public advertising

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Ukraine: Six months into the war, a safe, supported media remains vital
24.08.2022 5 min read

Ukraine: Six months into the war, a safe, supported media remains vital

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