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The problems with Ethiopia’s proposed hate speech and misinformation law

In April, the Ethiopian government published a draft law that aims to tackle hate speech and disinformation in the country. Here Halefom H. Abraha, a PhD candidate and Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Malta, analyses the proposed law, which he believes is highly problematic and raises more questions than it answers.  Regulating problematic online content has become a […]

Source: Media Policy Project

What’s on the menu? New regulatory tools to promote geographical coverage of innovative services in telecoms

A high-speed internet connection is crucial both for businesses to function effectively, and for individuals to enjoy the opportunities that being online brings, as consumers and as citizens. David Henriques, a Visiting Fellow here at the LSE and Senior Associate Economist at Ofcom, discusses the reasons for under-investment in fast broadband services, and the regulatory incentives that might be able to […]

Source: Media Policy Project

Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Tighter regulation of social media and other online services in now under discussion in several European countries, as well as in the UK where the government has released a white paper outlining its proposed approach to tackling online harm. Here, Professor Natali Helberger, Paddy Leerssen and Max Van Drunen from the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam argue […]

Source: Media Policy Project

Open letter Maltese delegates concerning PACE report on Daphne Caruana Galizias assassination

Ahead of a meeting of the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Paris, we sent this open letter to the Maltese PACE members. 28 May 2019 Dear Ms Cutajar, Mr Mallia, and Mr Stellini, In CC: Jason Azzopardi, Etienne Grech, Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi We, the undersigned organisations have advocated extensively for justice in the case of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was assassinated by a car bomb in Malta on 16 October 2017, and are closely monitoring the process on the ground. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has appointed…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

AVMSD and video-sharing platforms regulation: toward a user-oriented solution?

Following more than two years of negotiations, the revised EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive was adopted in November 2018, aiming to better reflect the digital age and create a more level playing field between traditional television and newer on-demand and video-sharing services. Here, Lubos Kuklis, chief executive of the Slovak media authority (CBR) and chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media […]

Source: Media Policy Project

European Youth Science and Media Days

EYSMD, a summer school for young media makers   European Youth Press (EYP) and the European Science-Media Hub (ESMH) of the European Parliament initiate a new collaboration. For the first time ever, a science event for young journalists in the model of a summer school will take place from 4 to 7 June 2019 in […] The post European Youth Science and Media Days appeared first on European Youth Press.

Source: European Youth Press

10 years European Charter on Freedom of the Press

by Lutz Kinkel today is a special day, a symbolic day – in the middle of the elections for a new European Parliament (#Ivote4PressFreedom!), we celebrate the tenth anniversary of a document that is the ECPMF's guiding star: the European Charter on Freedom of the Press. Photo: ECPMF 48 leading journalists from all over Europe adopted and signed the document on 25 May 2009. Two weeks later Uli Jörges, initiator of the Charter, handed it over to EU-Commissioner Vivianne Reding. By now, the Charter is translated in several European languages. You can read the full story and see some pictures of the decisive…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Charging Assange under the Espionage Act is a threat to press freedom and investigative journalism

by ECPMF The American Justice Department (DOJ) has charged WikilLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act. This is alarming press freedom supporters around the globe. Julian Assange in 2014. By Cancillería del Ecuador -, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link “You can think what you want about Assange”, comments Henrik Kaufholz, ECPMF Chair of Executive Board, “but this is a disaster and may have implications for investigative journalism and press freedom everywhere. Regardless of whether one considers Assange a journalist or not, it bears the risk that it can be applied to journalists as well in a consequence.” Publishing information in the public…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

The digital age of consent, one year on

This Saturday, 25 May, will be the one year anniversary of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. Alex Cooney, CEO of CyberSafeIreland, a non-profit working to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner, discusses the impact of the regulation on children in Ireland, particularly the GDPR’s requirement for […]

Source: Media Policy Project

Journalistic Ethics and the Strache Affair: Interview with Tom Law (EJN) on the ethics of the Strache video

By Daniel Leon The ECPMF spoke this morning with Tom Law, deputy director of the London-based Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) about the Strache Affair about the ethics of producing and disseminating the Strache video. Austrian Parliament in Vienna. Public Domain Photo Now we know that the Strache video, published by the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Der Spiegel on May 17th, had one of the highest impact that journalistic reporting can have: the dissolution of a country’s government. The identity of the video’s authors remain unknown, including their motivation. Moreover, the video is from 2017 and its dissemination occurred two years later. These facts leads…

Source: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)