New report tracks changes in law that impact media freedom

Editors across Europe make difficult decisions all the time. Is it OK to buy a gun without a licence, to expose lax laws? What about smuggling a knife onto an aeroplane, to highlight poor security? Or secretly filming a meeting to expose corruption allegations?


Not only journalists but also judges are trying to make consistent decisions that balance different aspects of human rights, such as privacy and freedom of expression.

Now thanks to a year-long collaboration between the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the European Media Law Institute (EMR) all the crucial cases from 2015 to 16 are collected in one volume – a handy guide for every newsroom and lawyer’s office.

"Press & Media Freedom — Compilation and Cross-section Analysis of Legal Developments in 2015/2016" not only lists the relevant test cases, but also analyses them. Drawing on the expertise of twenty learned experts and scholars from across Europe, the Cross-section aims to highlight key rulings. Tricky questions of status are also addressed — for example whether or not a blog is a press medium. One judgment also tries to clarify a matter of interpretation: if sarcasm and satire are compatible with a journalist’s right to freedom of expression.

The book is published by the European Institute of Media Law (EMR) based in Saarbrücken, Germany.

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