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.

Brazil: ‘Fake news’ law threatens freedom of expression
03.07.2020 3 min read

Brazil: ‘Fake news’ law threatens freedom of expression

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Turkey: Alarming plans to further crackdown on social media
03.07.2020 5 min read

Turkey: Alarming plans to further crackdown on social media

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UK: Open letter calling for the release of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange
03.07.2020 10 min read

UK: Open letter calling for the release of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

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02.07.2020 5 min read

Malaysia: Malaysiakini should not be liable for users’ comments

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ARTICLE 19 calls for resignation of NOTIMEX Director after further evidence of coordinated campaigns against critics 
01.07.2020 6 min read

ARTICLE 19 calls for resignation of NOTIMEX Director after further evidence of coordinated campaigns against critics 

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ARTICLE 19 is launching #EyesOnExpression, curated by our Media Editor
25.06.2020 1 min read

ARTICLE 19 is launching #EyesOnExpression, curated by our Media Editor

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Djibouti: Intimidation of protesters and journalists must end
24.06.2020 3 min read

Djibouti: Intimidation of protesters and journalists must end

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Belarus: Presidential Campaign 2020 — Violence, Threats, Detentions
22.06.2020 9 min read

Belarus: Presidential Campaign 2020 — Violence, Threats, Detentions

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11.06.2020 6 min read

US: International groups call on Trump to speak up for press freedom

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