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.

Tunisia: Freedom of expression violations against journalists and politicians
06.10.2021 3 min read

Tunisia: Freedom of expression violations against journalists and politicians

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Algeria: Increasing attacks on press freedom
04.10.2021 6 min read

Algeria: Increasing attacks on press freedom

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Boundaries of Expression: The right to truth
28.09.2021 2 min read

Boundaries of Expression: The right to truth

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Tunisia: Greater presidential powers threaten rights and freedoms
27.09.2021 11 min read

Tunisia: Greater presidential powers threaten rights and freedoms

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Belarus: UN addresses continued human rights crisis
24.09.2021 2 min read

Belarus: UN addresses continued human rights crisis

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Russia: Google and Apple must fight election-related censorship
22.09.2021 7 min read

Russia: Google and Apple must fight election-related censorship

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European Union:  Rule of law amendments must be inclusive and have credible impact
22.09.2021 28 min read

European Union: Rule of law amendments must be inclusive and have credible impact

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Russia: Government must end its crackdown on independent voices ahead of the parliamentary election
16.09.2021 6 min read

Russia: Government must end its crackdown on independent voices ahead of the parliamentary election

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South Korea: Reject proposed amendments to the Press Arbitration Law
16.09.2021 5 min read

South Korea: Reject proposed amendments to the Press Arbitration Law

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