Is there any Internet Governance out there?

October 29th, 2014 / by LSE Media Policy Project This year has seen significant developments in internet governance, including the Brazilian government’s attempt to create a truly multistakeholder global process in the wake of the Snowden revelations, and the US government’s announcement of its intention to transition domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.…

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Reporters without Borders appeals to President of France to raise issue of human rights violations in Azerbaijan

October 28, 2014 / Panorama am Secretary General of the international human rights organization “Reporters without Borders” Christophe Deloire wrote an open letter to the head of the French government calling to raise the issue of human rights violations in the country, the release of imprisoned journalists and bloggers, as well as to remind the…

Journalism within the European Public Sphere

New Paper on Media Pluralism Journalism within the European Public Sphere M Chyliñski – Open Europe: Cultural Dialogue Across Borders … Meanwhile, despite the fact that the EU spends billions on supporting domestic production in the sphere of culture and the media, one cannot but get the impression that it supports freedom of the press,…

Iraqis welcome return of ‘Asharq Al-Awsat’ to newsstands

Political and media figures criticize media crackdown by Maliki government 22 October 2014 / By Afrah Shawqi Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Political and media figures welcomed the return of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper to Iraq’s newsstands on Tuesday after a 10 month absence. A Baghdad newsstand owner, Abu Zaina, said he was happy to see the return of…

Media concentration and media ownership in Bulgaria

October 17, 2014 / By Svetla Dimitrova Media concentration and lack of ownership transparency are a major obstacle to media pluralism and freedom in Bulgaria. According to media law expert Nelly Ognyanova, neither of these obstacles can be removed without political will. Interview A campaign in support of a European Citizens Initiative on Media Pluralism was underway…

European Commission approves Facebook/WhatsApp deal: data concentration and privacy as competition concerns?

October 17, 2014 / By Igne Graef Inge Graef, an expert on the intersection between personal data and competition law on online media platforms from KU Leuven, looks at the Facebook/WhatsApp acquisition and argues that the European Commission should have examined the impact data concentration can have on attracting and retaining users and privacy as a…

New Myanmar Media Bill Criticized by Journalists

By Aung Ye Maung Maung October 16, 2014 / Voice of America FILE – A Myanmar journalist with his mouth sealed with tape, symbolizing the government’s recent crackdown on media, protest outside Myanmar Peace Center where President Thein Sein attends a meeting in Yangon, Myanmar, July 12, 2014. Myanmar journalists are objecting to a proposed…

HRW Calls on Russia to Guarantee Freedom of Expression

October 16, 2014 / RIA NOVOSTI en.ria.ru Russia should make every effort to guarantee freedom of expression, support media pluralism, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher told RIA Novosti, regarding the new law, which has reduced the possible share of foreign stockholders in Russian media. MOSCOW, October 16 (RIA Novosti) – Russia should make every effort…