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

Saving the News - Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech

American legal scholar Martha Minow poses timely questions related to the need of government support aimed at ensuring the independence and vitality of the free press

read more Freedom of expression Media freedom Media ownership Media pluralism

Media Freedom in the Age of Citizen Journalism

This timely book explores how the internet and social media have permanently altered the media landscape, enabling new actors to enter the marketplace, and changing the way that news is generated, published and consumed

read more Online news Online media Freedom of expression Media Law

Free Speech. A History from Socrates to Social Media, by Jacob Mchangama

“The best history of free speech ever written and the best defense of free speech ever made.” —P.J. O’Rourke

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The Free Speech Century

In The Free Speech Century, two of America's leading First Amendment scholars, Lee C. Bollinger and Geoffrey R. Stone, have gathered a group of the nation's leading constitutional scholars - Cass Sunstein, Lawrence Lessig, Laurence Tribe, Kathleen Sullivan, Catherine McKinnon, among others - to evaluate the evolution of free speech doctrine since Schenk and to assess where it might be headed in the future

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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

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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

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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

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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