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Media law: Freedoms

Subjects: Law

International human right

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." Article 19 Universal Declaration of Human Rights G.A. res. 217A (III), U.N. Doc A/810 at 71 (1948)

UNESCO is the UN organ charged with promoting freedom of expression and freedom of the press as basic human rights.

European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Article 10 – Freedom of expression

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

 

Freedom of Expression/Freedom of the Press/Freedom of Information

Print Resource

Works on English law are on Floor 2.

Halsbury's Laws is an authoritative encyclopaedia of law in the England and Wales. The main subject volumes will give you a concise overview of the law, while the footnotes will direct you to the most important cases, legislation and commentary in that area. The print volumes are at K1 on Floor 2. Use the Cumulative Supplement to check for any new developments in the law since the volume was printed.
OU members can access Halsbury's Laws electronically via Lexis®Library.

General works on media law at KN343 may well include this aspect as a section. In addition books at KM204 and KM207 may also be useful.

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