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Press Freedom and Regulation in a Digital Era: A Comparative Study assesses the extent to which the emergent regulatory model for online news media is shaped by analogies from the past, or rather by a newly prevalent culture of control. By interweaving two distinct strands of analysis - the concepts of press freedom and regulation, and the phenomena of convergence and digitalization - this book examines the challenges for press freedom in the nascent digital news ecosystem. Drawing upon decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as from German, UK and US case law, this comparative work explores the regulation of the press in the digital era and the impact of the proliferating media laws, policies, and jurisprudence on press freedom.

Part of the book was written while the author was an ILPC Research Associate. The book launch and panel discussion should be of interest beyond the academy, namely for lawyers and policymakers working in government departments and/or involved with media regulation as well as for campaigners defending press freedom and/or advocating for greater press accountability. The book launch will also be an opportunity for collaboration between the ILPC and CFOM.  


Mr Adam Baxter (Director of Standards and Audit Protection, Ofcom)
Ms Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana (IMPRESS)
Professor Jacob Rowbottom (University College, Oxford)
Dr Sejal Parmar (Cardiff University)
Dr Irini Katsirea, Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), School of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Sheffield (author)

Chair: Mr William Horsley (International Director, CFOM)

This event is organised in collaboration with the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield. 

All welcome- this event is free to attend but booking is required.