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.

Guinea: Journalist Thomas Dietrich deported and new arrests of civil society activists
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Guinea: Journalist Thomas Dietrich deported and new arrests of civil society activists

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Malta: Court upholds right of protesters to build memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia
10.03.2020 7 min read

Malta: Court upholds right of protesters to build memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia

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Algeria: ARTICLE 19 calls for the immediately release of journalist Khaled Drareni
09.03.2020 2 min read

Algeria: ARTICLE 19 calls for the immediately release of journalist Khaled Drareni

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09.03.2020 2 min read

Supporting media reform in Kazakhstan

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Coronavirus: New ARTICLE 19 briefing on tackling misinformation
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Coronavirus: New ARTICLE 19 briefing on tackling misinformation

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HRC43: Oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights
05.03.2020 3 min read

HRC43: Oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights

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HRC43: Oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights
04.03.2020 2 min read

HRC43: Oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights

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04.03.2020 4 min read

Kenya: Government must commit to action on freedom of expression and association

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UK: ARTICLE 19 briefing warns of threats to freedom of expression 
03.03.2020 3 min read

UK: ARTICLE 19 briefing warns of threats to freedom of expression 

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