The IEL for Media Law intends to offer a country-by-country survey of
media law throughout the world. It will survey each country's media landscape
and analyse the laws governing press freedom, including those concerning
access to information, defamation and privacy.
Each national monograph will outline the regulatory structures controlling
print and electronic media (radio and television, but also new media, like
online and mobile services) in these countries. Legal acts, case law, as well
as ethical codes used by journalists, will be presented and analysed. Among
the key issues to be covered are: digitalisation, convergence, the
'Information Society', cultural policy, freedom of speech, media concentration
and pluralism, protection of minors, hate speech, the regulation of
broadcasting and electronic communications markets, advertising rules, co- and
self-regulation in online and mobile media, public service broadcasting,
competition policy, access to digital gateways, standardisation and
interoperability, liability of intermediaries. These issues will be addressed
by describing the relevant legal rules in a thematic, logical and concise
manner from a practitioner's viewpoint, offering media lawyers, journalists,
attorneys, judges, teachers, students and others concerned with media and
communication freedom a practical tool to access existing media law in a
An international monograph will cover the freedom of speech provisions in
various international treaties, thereby focussing on Article 10 of the
European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental
Freedoms. It will also offer an overview and description of the relevant
conventions, declarations, recommendations and resolutions issued throughout
the years by the Council of Europe (dealing with media pluralism, public
broadcasting, journalistic sources, etc.). This monograph will also include a
chapter dealing with the EU regulatory framework for audiovisual media (in
particular the Television without Frontiers Directive, soon to be replaced by
the Audiovisual Media Services Directive), against the background of the
economic freedoms in the EC Treaty, as well as the relevant articles in the EU
Charter of Fundamental Rights. Each monograph will offer a comprehensive and
clear overview of relevant legislation, case law and doctrine, and will hence
constitute an invaluable reference source and easy-to-follow guide.
First countries included are: South Africa, Botswana, Belgium and Slovakia
Each Country follows the same outline:
INTERNATIONAL MONOGRAPH I. International Conventions Chapter 1
. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), Article 19 Chapter 2.
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), Article 19 II.
Council of Europe Chapter 1. The European Convention for the Protection of
Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Art. 10) Chapter 2. European
Convention on Transfrontier Television Chapter 3. Committee of
Ministers' Declarations, Recommendations and Resolutions Chapter 4.
Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations and Resolutions III. European Union
Chapter 1. Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union
Chapter 2. Media and economic freedoms in the EC Treaty Chapter 3.
Media and the competition rules Chapter 4. Secondary legislation
NATIONAL MONOGRAPH The Author Table of Contents List of Abbreviations
Preface GENERAL INTRODUCTION I. Political and legal system of
the country II. Geography and population III.
Social and cultural values Selected Bibliography Part I. Freedom of
Speech Part II. Regulation of print media Chapter 1. The
journalists' profession Chapter 2. Journalists' rights Chapter 3
. Journalists' liability Chapter 4. Right to reply Chapter 5.
Access to public information Chapter 6. Press Council Part III.
Regulation of audiovisual media (broadcasting) Chapter 1. Public
service broadcasting Chapter 2. Private broadcasting Chapter 3.
Programme standards Chapter 4. Political broadcasting Chapter 5.
Advertising rules Chapter 6. Right to information Chapter 7.
Access to networks Chapter 8. Standards and interoperability Part
IV. Cross ownership regulation Part V. Supervision: media regulator
Chapter 1. Organisation Chapter 2. Tasks Chapter 3.
Sanctioning powers. Index.National Monographs.