A free and independent media sector is one of the cornerstones of what it means for a country to be a liberal democracy. The emergence of the Internet was initially received with much optimism as there was an expectation that it would help democratize media systems, allowing “citizens to report news, expose wrongdoing, express opinions, mobilize protest, monitor elections, scrutinize government, deepen participation, and expand the horizons of freedom."Read More
Every ten years or so the BBC comes in for criticism for being too partial or too impartial.Read More
In its 2019 report, the Internet Society asks whether the Internet economy is consolidating and, if it is, what the implications might be.Read More
It is more and more evident that communication and information issues are intrinsically connected to questions of sustainable development and human dignity.Read More
Subscribers to The Guardian in the UK recently received a message of appreciation from the Editor-in-Chief, Katherine Viner. She announced that after a three-year “turnaround” strategy the newspaper had hit its goal of breaking even – making a small profit that has been ploughed back into supporting their journalism.Read More
As with every new technological innovation, there are pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, benefits and risks.
It’s a more clandestine and dangerous world when journalists can be threatened with violence, detention, and death for doing their job.Read More
The UK Foreign Secretary has appointed international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to act as a special envoy on media freedom. She will also chair a high-level panel of legal experts on the issue.
In the “good old days” of traditional media, there were gatekeepers whose task was to apply professional and ethical standards to content. In addition, government and public entities established print and broadcast regulations that were independently monitored to ensure compliance.Read More
The United Nations has declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages in order to raise awareness about the importance of linguistic diversity in relation to sustainable development, culture, knowledge, and collective memory. People’s ability to communicate in their own language is one of the cornerstones of communication rights.Read More