Category Archives: Cross-sectoral

Observatorio journal’s latest issue is now available

Observatorio (OBS*) e-journal is a quarterly academic publication in the field of Communication Studies, which accepts and publishes texts written in Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Italian, French and English. Its formula of Open Access allows authors to have the maximum of public exposition of their work, thus it encourages readers and authors to register and submit their work for upcoming issues.  Vol 10 No 1 (2016) is now available to any interested reader, free of charge – simply go to the website and register.

Press Release – European Court of Human Rights

On 2 February 2016, the European Court of Human Rights decided that a self-regulatory body (Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete, MTE) and an Internet news portal ( Zrt) were not liable for the offensive comments posted by their readers on their respective websites. Anonymous users of MTE and Zrt had posted vulgar and offensive online comments on a real estate website, following the  publication  of  an  opinion on MTE and Zrt critisising the misleading business practices of two real estate websites. The European Court found that by holding MTE and Zrt liable for the comments, the Hungarian courts had violated the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 10 ECHR. Click here to read the Press Release issued by the Registrar of the Court.


Many Voices, One World. Towards a new more just and more efficient world information and communication order.

Macbride, S., Abel, E., Beuve-Méry, H., Ma Ekonzo, E., Garcia Marquez, G., Losev, S., Lubis, M., Masmoudi, M., Nagai, M., Akporuaro Omu, F.I., Osolnik, B., El Oteifi, G., Pronk, J.P., Somavia,, J., Verghese, B.G., & Zimmerman, B. (1980). Many voices, one world. Towards a new more just and more efficient world information and communication order. Kogan Page, London/Unipub, New York/UNESCO, Paris.

Media Regulators in Europe: A Cross-Country Comparative Analysis

Empirical evidence demonstrates that states around the world are gradually setting up or reconfigurating existing media regulators. The nature and performance of theses bodies vary profoundly from country to country and the consequences of their action (and inaction) cannot be understood outside the specific national and regional contexts of these societies.

This publication “Media Regulators in Europe:  A Cross-country Comparative Analysis” aims at gathering and analyzing information about media regulators in a particular part of the world: Western Europe. Although there is quite a lot of data available (mostly online and in different languages), we’re attempting to organize a coherent and hopefully useful document for regulators, politicians, academics and citizens concerned with the symbolic environment. Media regulators are supposed to improve the overall quality of the media and some certainly play a relevant role. They are expected to raise media standards and therefore to contribute to the expansion of public and private media social responsibilities. But do they? And, if so, how and why?

This e-book results from the common intellectual interests of the EuroMedia Research Group and the collective research project “Media Regulation in Portugal: The ERC’s Case” (PTDC/ CCI-COM/104634/2008), based at the Communication and Society Research Center (CSRC), University of Minho. One of the project’s objectives is to understand the Portuguese national media regulator in context. Therefore, we have invited members of the EuroMedia Research Group and the Project’s consultants to participate in this collaborative project that brings together the contributions from thirteen countries: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

You can download the e-book here.

Lords pass defamation bill

Impending reform introduced by Lords McNally and Lester could end London’s status as ‘libel capital of the world’

Laws that led to London being dubbed “the libel capital of the world” will be reformed after peers in the Lords voted to pass the defamation bill, ending a three-year campaign led by Liberal Democrat peers Lord McNally and Lord Lester. Continue reading

Why the Copyright Directive is Unimportant, and Possibly Invalid.

By Berndt Hugenholtz (also Published in the European Intellectual Property Review)

‘This is a breakthrough in what is a vitally important dossier’, said Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein directly after the Council of Ministers finally reached political agreement on the Copyright Directive.[1] A breakthrough, indeed. The initial proposal of a directive was tabled in December 1997[2] – light years ago on the Internet time scale. Since then we’ve seen a package of 58 amendments proposed by the European Parliament in first reading[3], an amended Commission proposal[4], and huge stacks of ‘non-papers’ and other ‘restricted’ fare discussed in endless secret rounds by the Council Working Group in Brussels.

A List of international Organizations for Media Freedom and their links