Media Freedom in a Pluralist World

Credits: 2.0
Course description: 

Media governance, ideally, is aimed at upholding the pluralistic "marketplace of ideas" and "parliament of opinion", intrinsic to liberal democracy. Yet the principle of rights-based media freedoms is under assault in numerous new democracies, and, of course, heavily so in the new autocracies. The development of internet-based media has increased freedom's chances, but also brought efforts to contain the global communication systems.

The course will explore democracy's free speech rights, and the public policies used to protect or restrict them. While comparing media governance landscapes, the course will examine the international standards and mechanisms that can help out policymakers, journalists, editors, and media owners concerned with the fate of media freedom and pluralism.