Press freedom

A new report says Europe’s press freedom is threatened by consolidation and a lack of transparency around ownership

A new report from the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom examined 19 European Union member countries and found that press freedom in Europe is at risk because of political interference and concentrated ownership. Ownership of media entities in Europe tends to be in the hands of only a few entities, giving them more […]

Nick Denton says the Hulk Hogan case was really about racist comments made in an unreleased video and that Gawker will win on appeal

You might have heard: A Florida jury ordered Gawker to pay $115 million to Hulk Hogan, but legal experts say the effect on press freedom from the case is likely to be limited But did you know: Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker wasn’t really about a sex tape that Gawker published, but instead about racist […]

Legal experts says the effect on press freedom from the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker case is likely to be limited

You might have heard: A Florida jury ordered Gawker to pay $115 million to Hulk Hogan and found Gawker founder Nick Denton and former editor Albert Daulerio personally liable in the case (Ars Technica) But did you know: Before a verdict in the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker lawsuit, some were saying that a ruling against Gawker […]

The Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker case could limit news organizations’ ability to report on unflattering details about public figures online

In Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker, both sides are arguing that the case will have serious implications for the Internet. While Hogan’s side is arguing that a loss would mean weakened privacy for Americans, Gawker argues that if Hogan is to win, press freedom is at risk. Gawker argues that if Hogan wins, it would […]

China shut down the social media accounts of an influential property developer after he criticized China’s recent campaign to control state-run media

Ren Zhiqiang, an influential retired property developer in China, had his social media accounts shut down by the Chinese government after he criticized the Chinese president’s plan to tighten control over state-run media. Zhiqiang had more than 37 million followers on popular Chinese social network Weibo. Chinese president Xi Jinping has exerted control over state-run […]

China’s new regulations requiring foreign media to receive approval before publishing online adds another hurdle for publishers

China’s new restrictions on foreign media go into effect in March, but Committee to Protect Journalists’ Bob Dietz says it’s not yet clear what the new restrictions will mean for publishers. News organizations like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal do not actually publish in China, and their servers are located outside […]

China will require foreign-owned publishers to receive approval before publishing online

Under new regulations announced this week, foreign companies and foreign-Chinese partnerships will have to seek approval from China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television before publishing online, essentially banning foreign publishers from publishing online in China. While Chinese law has required Internet service providers to have an operating license that can only […]

PinkNews publishes a list of stories removed from Google search results under Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ law

Gay news site PinkNews published a list of 19 stories, including allegations that a BBC star made homophobic comments, it says were removed from Google search results under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” laws. PinkNews says the “right to be forgotten” laws are an “infringement of press freedom.” In a statement with the list of […]

Australia is considering protections for local news content in its upcoming media law reform

Communications minister Mitch Fifield is expected to include protections for local content in a series of reforms in media law in Australia. The reforms are expected to abolish the “reach rule,” which restricts any entity to a broadcast audience that does not exceed 75 percent of the Australian population, and the “two-out-of-three rule,” which prohibits […]

Margaret Sullivan: NYT has little control over censorship by local distributors because it doesn’t get a chance to contest those decisions

After an article on the killings of secular bloggers in Bangladesh was removed from the international edition of The New York Times in Pakistan, public editor Margaret Sullivan examines how that kind of censorship can happen. NYT was not given a chance to contest the article’s removal, and International New York Times president Stephen Dunbar-Johnson […]