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.

Poland: PKN Orlen media purchase violates EU merger rules and media pluralism standards
14.06.2021 7 min read

Poland: PKN Orlen media purchase violates EU merger rules and media pluralism standards

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Joint call to make respect for press freedom a cornerstone of all demands towards Belarus
11.06.2021 9 min read

Joint call to make respect for press freedom a cornerstone of all demands towards Belarus

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International: Call for G7 to protect media freedom and the right to protest
10.06.2021 4 min read

International: Call for G7 to protect media freedom and the right to protest

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Tunisia: Blogger arrested for criticising the president
08.06.2021 2 min read

Tunisia: Blogger arrested for criticising the president

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Middle East and North Africa: New coalition to combat digital surveillance
08.06.2021 2 min read

Middle East and North Africa: New coalition to combat digital surveillance

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UN: Tackling corruption through transparency
03.06.2021 5 min read

UN: Tackling corruption through transparency

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Event: Sustainable Development Goals and the fight against corruption
02.06.2021 2 min read

Event: Sustainable Development Goals and the fight against corruption

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Turkey: SLAPP lawsuit filed against academic over Paradise Papers tweet
28.05.2021 4 min read

Turkey: SLAPP lawsuit filed against academic over Paradise Papers tweet

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Cambodia: Stop silencing critical commentary on COVID-19
25.05.2021 9 min read

Cambodia: Stop silencing critical commentary on COVID-19

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