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.

Event: Free speech implications of the ICJ South Africa v. Israel case
29.02.2024 7 min read

Event: Free speech implications of the ICJ South Africa v. Israel case

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Bahrain: Formula One must investigate human rights violations
26.02.2024 14 min read

Bahrain: Formula One must investigate human rights violations

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Malaysia: Establishment of the Media Council must not violate media freedom
23.02.2024 3 min read

Malaysia: Establishment of the Media Council must not violate media freedom

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Russia: Accountability and justice for Navalny and all political dissidents
21.02.2024 4 min read

Russia: Accountability and justice for Navalny and all political dissidents

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Slovakia: Justice for Kuciak and Kušnírová and protection for media freedom
21.02.2024 9 min read

Slovakia: Justice for Kuciak and Kušnírová and protection for media freedom

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UK: Protect media freedom and free Julian Assange
20.02.2024 2 min read

UK: Protect media freedom and free Julian Assange

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​​Senegal: Protect freedoms during democratic crisis
16.02.2024 18 min read

​​Senegal: Protect freedoms during democratic crisis

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Thailand: Release journalists unconditionally
16.02.2024 3 min read

Thailand: Release journalists unconditionally

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Russia:  ARTICLE 19’s ‘undesirable’ status is only about silencing Russians
15.02.2024 3 min read

Russia: ARTICLE 19’s ‘undesirable’ status is only about silencing Russians

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