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  • Complex amendment to Slovakia’s FOI Act might make it one of the most liberal in Europe
    Andrej Školkay, head of the School of Communication and Mass Media in Bratislava, Slovakia, assesses the proposed amendment to Slovakia’s law on freedom of information, comparing it to the Czech act and looking at the changes it will herald if approved. After two years of preparation, the Slovak Parliament is going to discuss an amendment to the law on freedom […]
  • Internet regulation and counter-terrorism: the dangerous clash in Pakistan’s regulatory regime
    Sadaf Khan, an LSE alumna who has been associated with media and the media development sector in Pakistan since 2002 and who is now Director of Programs for the non-profit Media Matters for Democracy, looks at Pakistan’s draft legislation on cybercrime and the threats it poses. Pakistan has been without a legal framework to deal with Cybercrime since 2009. Civil […]
  • Who cares about excessive concentration of media ownership? What do the Election Manifestos reveal?
    Natalie Fenton, Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths and a founding member of the Media Reform Coalition, looks at what the UK parties’ election manifestos say about media ownership. In a recent article the Press Gazette pointed out that in 60% of the UK national newspaper market the election campaign coverage has been pro-Conservative compared to 33 % of […]
  • Scrutinising the scrutineers: European Scrutiny Committee, BBC, and EU bias
    Julian Petley is Professor of Screen Media and Journalism in the School of Arts at Brunel University. In this post he asks whether the BBC’s editorial independence is under threat due to the European Scrutiny Committee repeatedly accusing it of a pro-EU bias. In 2013 the European Scrutiny Committee produced a report in which it argued that “given the possibility of some form of […]
  • Data protection and privacy must be excluded from TTIP
    Maryant Fernández Pérez, an Advocacy Manager at European Digital Rights (EDRi) argues that those in charge of representing the EU in upcoming trade negotiations need to strongly consider human rights, privacy and data protection, and mass surveillance, among many key subjects. She also offers further resources for learning about TTIP and data protection.  Data protection is a contentious issue in the discussions […]