Books

Abstracts of relevant books and substantial reports on press and media freedom. Whenever available, links to freely accessible book copies are provided

Regardless of Frontiers. Global Freedom of Expression in a Troubled World

A collection of essays where the authors also consider ongoing and new challenges to global norms on freedom of expression and information, from conflicts over hate speech and the rise of populism to authoritarian governments, as well as the profound disruption introduced by the internet

read more Freedom of expression Research Digital rights

A mission to inform. Journalists at risk speak out

This book, dedicated "to Daphne Caruana Galizia and all journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession", is based on in-depth interviews with 20 journalists from 18 different countries and exemplifies forms of interference with press freedom already identified in the 2017 study, as well as journalists’ perceptions and the strategies they employ to go on with their work

read more Safety of journalists SLAPP Media capture Advocacy

Network Propaganda

A comprehensive study of media coverage of US presidential politics argues that the post-truth moment and the perceived democratic crisis have more to do with a longstanding change in the American right-wing media ecosystem than with social networks, Russian propaganda, and "fake news" websites

read more Fake news and disinformation Social media Propaganda Americas

Understanding Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in the Digital Age. A Question of Democracy

A comprehensive overview of studies and approaches about Media and Information Literacy, so that the topic can be understood as part of a whole including legislation and reforms in media, education, and society. This book considers MIL a long-term goal, not a short-term solution

read more Media literacy Sweden Freedom of expression Media freedom

Media, Freedom of Speech, and Democracy in the EU and Beyond

This volume is a collection of contributions from several experts, offering up-to-date analysis and enhancing the ongoing debate on freedom of media and democracy in Europe

read more Media capture Freedom of expression Media freedom Media pluralism Media ownership

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy

This volume collects papers presented at a conference hosted by the Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is “the first of its kind” to explore “how political figures and economic elites are colluding to undermine the independence of privately-owned news media”

read more Media capture Freedom of expression Media freedom Media ownership Media pluralism Czech Republic

The Last Column

A book collecting the last stories published by 24 journalists killed in the line of duty.

read more Media freedom Freedom of expression

Rising To The Populist Challenge: A New Playbook For Human Rights Actors

Following the rise of populist governments in recent years, an editorial group of scholars and lawyers gathered and analysed a repertoire of responses by human rights organisations to the crackdown against civil society in the populist context

read more Access to information Human rights Political pressure

The Media in Transitional Democracies

Katrin Voltmer examines the role of the media in democratic transition in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia

read more Western Balkans Asia Africa Americas

Free European Media - 2018 Edition

On 15 February 2018 in Gdansk (Poland) in the framework of an international conference, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) launched a new book called "Free European Media" addressing new challenges faced by journalists around Europe

read more Media freedom Freedom of expression Turkey Czech Republic Poland United Kingdom Denmark Greece Russia Azerbaijan Serbia