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.

Indonesia: Revise the Electronic Information and Transaction Law 
04.12.2023 6 min read

Indonesia: Revise the Electronic Information and Transaction Law 

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Hungary: Draft Sovereignty Protection Act threatens independent media
04.12.2023 8 min read

Hungary: Draft Sovereignty Protection Act threatens independent media

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Hong Kong: Stop legal threats and ensure safety of missing journalist
04.12.2023 6 min read

Hong Kong: Stop legal threats and ensure safety of missing journalist

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The Gambia: Milestone for justice as Germany sentences death squad member
01.12.2023 3 min read

The Gambia: Milestone for justice as Germany sentences death squad member

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Techtonic: The small-town paper raided by police
27.11.2023 1 min read

Techtonic: The small-town paper raided by police

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North Macedonia: Court must overturn ruling against investigative media group
24.11.2023 7 min read

North Macedonia: Court must overturn ruling against investigative media group

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska president threatens journalist
22.11.2023 5 min read

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska president threatens journalist

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Senegal: Release journalist Pape Sane and end crackdown on journalists
16.11.2023 5 min read

Senegal: Release journalist Pape Sane and end crackdown on journalists

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Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories: Stop the assault on free speech and protect civilians
13.11.2023 25 min read

Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories: Stop the assault on free speech and protect civilians

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