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.

UK: 19 organisations condemn the lawsuits against Catherine Belton and HarperCollins, deeming them “SLAPPs”
24.11.2021 3 min read

UK: 19 organisations condemn the lawsuits against Catherine Belton and HarperCollins, deeming them “SLAPPs”

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Poland: Journalists must be allowed access to Belarus border
22.11.2021 7 min read

Poland: Journalists must be allowed access to Belarus border

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Kenya: New data protection strategy must support other key rights
19.11.2021 5 min read

Kenya: New data protection strategy must support other key rights

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Belarus event: Reporting against all odds
19.11.2021 3 min read

Belarus event: Reporting against all odds

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Iran: Calls to tackle impunity for November 2019 atrocities intensifies   
18.11.2021 5 min read

Iran: Calls to tackle impunity for November 2019 atrocities intensifies   

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Kenya: Governments in East Africa must respect freedom of expression
17.11.2021 8 min read

Kenya: Governments in East Africa must respect freedom of expression

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Mexico: Pegasus case should be a point of no return for global crime
17.11.2021 6 min read

Mexico: Pegasus case should be a point of no return for global crime

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Greece: SLAPP lawsuit underscores need for swift EU directive
17.11.2021 7 min read

Greece: SLAPP lawsuit underscores need for swift EU directive

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Poland: Access to public information must not be constrained
15.11.2021 6 min read

Poland: Access to public information must not be constrained

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