The Media Policy and Journalism in Europe discussion series aims to enhance debate and discussion on policy issues related to media, journalism, to raise awareness of violations to media freedom and pluralism, and to exchange best practices for journalists and media practitioners. Blog post submission by academics, journalists, media practitioners and professionals, civil society actors, policy makers are welcome.
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When satire incites hatred: Charlie Hebdo and the freedom of expression debate

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By Peter Noorlander, Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) A version of this article appears in the Human Rights Action Bulletin XLIII: SPECIAL EDITION, January 2015.   The appalling murder of cartoonists, journalists and police at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has reignited the debate about freedom of expression and satire—and… Read more »

On the Road to more Transparency: Access to Information under Article 10 ECHR

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by Dirk VOORHOOF Introduction[1]* Until a few decades ago, the limits and restrictions of freedom of expression were determined by parliaments, governments or other national authorities, and ultimately scrutinized by their own domestic judicial authorities without any further external control. This “paradigm” has significantly changed in Europe, due to the… Read more »

Best Practices and Tips for Using Confidential Sources

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By Gill Phillips (Read previous article: On Protection of Journalistic Sources) Although many countries offer legal safeguards protecting journalists’ sources, those protections are often uncertain and cannot be presumed, such that ultimately source protection is a personal ethical issue for each journalist. There are a number of important practical considerations for… Read more »