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.

Human Rights Council 38: What’s at stake for freedom of expression?
15.06.2018 17 min read

Human Rights Council 38: What’s at stake for freedom of expression?

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HRC38 event: impunity reigns for attacks on free expression in Mexico
14.06.2018 3 min read

HRC38 event: impunity reigns for attacks on free expression in Mexico

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HRC38 event: Press freedom in the United States of America
14.06.2018 2 min read

HRC38 event: Press freedom in the United States of America

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12.06.2018 10 min read

Turkey: Zaman columnists and journalists must be acquitted in political trial

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07.06.2018 1 min read

Turkey: ARTICLE 19 and Bar Human Rights Committee join forces to monitor trials

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Turkey: ‘I Subscribe’ global campaign is launched to support independent journalism
05.06.2018 8 min read

Turkey: ‘I Subscribe’ global campaign is launched to support independent journalism

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23.05.2018 7 min read

Somalia: Draft Media Law

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23.05.2018 4 min read

Canada: Supreme Court must uphold freedom of the press in VICE News case

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Malaysia: Civil society calls on new government to reform laws restricting freedom of expression and access to information
22.05.2018 13 min read

Malaysia: Civil society calls on new government to reform laws restricting freedom of expression and access to information

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