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.

Eastern Africa: Governments must do more to protect journalists
02.11.2022 6 min read

Eastern Africa: Governments must do more to protect journalists

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Governments must act on illegal surveillance
02.11.2022 7 min read

Governments must act on illegal surveillance

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EU: Rules for political advertising must protect democracy and human rights
01.11.2022 2 min read

EU: Rules for political advertising must protect democracy and human rights

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Eastern Africa: Take urgent action to support free speech and vital rights
31.10.2022 2 min read

Eastern Africa: Take urgent action to support free speech and vital rights

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Italy: Journalists should not fear prison for their reporting
31.10.2022 5 min read

Italy: Journalists should not fear prison for their reporting

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Brazil: Protect freedom of expression and free movement ahead of final vote
28.10.2022 4 min read

Brazil: Protect freedom of expression and free movement ahead of final vote

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Netherlands: Hostile political rhetoric against journalists must end
25.10.2022 7 min read

Netherlands: Hostile political rhetoric against journalists must end

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UK: Model anti-SLAPP law to safeguard journalists and activists
24.10.2022 2 min read

UK: Model anti-SLAPP law to safeguard journalists and activists

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Europe: States must better protect public watchdogs from legal abuse
24.10.2022 2 min read

Europe: States must better protect public watchdogs from legal abuse

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