Tuesday 30 May 2023

Lecture on Media Pluralism under the ECHR

On Wednesday 31 May the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights of the University of Oxford is organizing the Eric Barendt Annual Media Law lecture entitled 'The Concept of Media Pluralism under the European Convention on Human Rights - Substantive Principles and Procedural Safeguards'. The lecture will be delivered by former ECtHR president Robert Spano.

Here is a short description of the lecture:

''European systems have long had rules in place to secure pluralism in media ownership and to ensure that audiences are exposed to diverse content.  The role of those regulations has come under increased scrutiny in recent years, as a result of political polarization and access to international media sources. In NIT Srl v Republic of Moldova (2022), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights considered the compatibility of rules requiring political impartiality and neutrality in broadcast media coverage with Article 10. In its decision, the Court considered the balance to be struck between two important components of media freedom: pluralism in media content and editorial freedom. Taking this decision as a starting point and drawing on his time as President of the Court, Professor Spano will examine the evolving Article 10 jurisprudence and the role of the ECHR in promoting media pluralism.''

You can register here to follow the lecture online.