IRIS Special - Media reporting: facts, nothing but facts?

Fighting fake news in Europe? Find out who’s protecting your rights in this brand new legal report!

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Pages : 150
Place : Strasbourg
Date of publication : Octobre 2018
Editor : European Audiovisual Observatory

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Separating the facts from the fiction in today’s media is becoming mission impossible. In the era of the #fakenews hashtag, the internet, and the media in general, are concerned by the emergence of fiction which is sometimes much stranger than truth! So what rules and initiatives exist in Europe to help ensure the accuracy and objectivity of news and current affairs reporting? How far can the European and the various national legislators go to protect us from dubious reporting or at least ensure that codes of good conduct exist?

You will find the answers in this IRIS Special.

Content list

1. Introduction

1.1. Accuracy, objectivity and fairness in news and current affairs coverage

1.2. Broadcast media and news and current affairs coverage

1.3. Print media and news and current affairs coverage

1.4. Online media and news and current affairs coverage

1.5. Conclusion

2. European law on accuracy and fairness in news and currents affairs reporting

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Broadcast media coverage of news and current affairs

2.2.1. News programmes

2.2.2. Current affairs programmes

2.3. Print media coverage of news and current affairs

2.3.1. Fairness in news reporting

2.3.2. Rectifications and replies

2.3.3. Prior authorisation for publishing interviews

2.4. Online media coverage of news and current affairs

2.4.1. Obligation to verify factual statements

2.5. Conclusion

3. European standards and policy

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Council of Europe

3.2.1. Media and journalistic ethics

3.2.2. Public service media

3.2.3. Right of Reply

3.2.4. Defamation

3.3. Media organisations

3.4. Conclusion

Chap. 4-14 – Eleven different country reports covering: Germany, Spain, Finland, France, the UK, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, the Russian Federation and Slovakia.

15. Country report summary

15.1. Introduction

15.2. Broadcast media

15.3. Print media

15.4. Online media

16. Conclusion

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