Media Freedom

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.

Niger:  Government must investigate post-election crackdown and release protesters
09.04.2021 12 min read

Niger: Government must investigate post-election crackdown and release protesters

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Open letter from ARTICLE 19 Trustees concerning criticism from President López Obrador
01.04.2021 6 min read

Open letter from ARTICLE 19 Trustees concerning criticism from President López Obrador

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Turkey: Open letter to the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission ahead of their visit to Turkey
01.04.2021 6 min read

Turkey: Open letter to the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission ahead of their visit to Turkey

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Thailand: Decriminalise defamation
31.03.2021 6 min read

Thailand: Decriminalise defamation

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Algeria: Conviction against journalist Khaled Drareni reversed but charges remain
25.03.2021 1 min read

Algeria: Conviction against journalist Khaled Drareni reversed but charges remain

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Serbia: Joint letter on lack of government response to smear campaign against independent news outlet KRIK
24.03.2021 6 min read

Serbia: Joint letter on lack of government response to smear campaign against independent news outlet KRIK

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Twenty-four organisations express solidarity with the Swedish media outlet Realtid
24.03.2021 3 min read

Twenty-four organisations express solidarity with the Swedish media outlet Realtid

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Poland: MFRR condemns defamation lawsuit against Gazeta Wyborcza Editor-in-Chief by Polish Justice Minister
24.03.2021 6 min read

Poland: MFRR condemns defamation lawsuit against Gazeta Wyborcza Editor-in-Chief by Polish Justice Minister

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Myanmar: International human rights groups condemn violent crackdown against journalists
19.03.2021 1 min read

Myanmar: International human rights groups condemn violent crackdown against journalists

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