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.

Russia: Stop restrictions on media and independent journalists under the cover of coronavirus
06.04.2020 5 min read

Russia: Stop restrictions on media and independent journalists under the cover of coronavirus

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Appeal by NGOs and associations for Khaled Drareni’s release
03.04.2020 3 min read

Appeal by NGOs and associations for Khaled Drareni’s release

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Serbia: Journalist Ana Lalic arrested for reporting on inadequate hospital facilities for coronavirus
02.04.2020 3 min read

Serbia: Journalist Ana Lalic arrested for reporting on inadequate hospital facilities for coronavirus

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Coronavirus: Open letter calls for determined actions to protect free flow of information
01.04.2020 1 min read

Coronavirus: Open letter calls for determined actions to protect free flow of information

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01.04.2020 2 min read

Belarus: Release investigative journalist Siarhei Satsuk reporting about the coronavirus crisis

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Tunisia: 46 human rights organisations call for withdrawal of draft law that would endanger free expression
31.03.2020 7 min read

Tunisia: 46 human rights organisations call for withdrawal of draft law that would endanger free expression

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Thailand: Emergency measures threaten human rights
25.03.2020 8 min read

Thailand: Emergency measures threaten human rights

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Joint Statement: Singapore: Drop investigations under abusive contempt of court law
25.03.2020 6 min read

Joint Statement: Singapore: Drop investigations under abusive contempt of court law

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Iran: Act on UPR and end repression of dissent
19.03.2020 8 min read

Iran: Act on UPR and end repression of dissent

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