Freedom of expression and broadcasting regulation

This study, written by international experts, Toby Mendel and Eve Salomon, provides content for reflection on the centrality of regulation for the protection, promotion and guarantee of the right to receive, seek and impart information, ideas and opinions.

The right to freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, important in its own right and also because of its function in underpinning the protection of all other rights.

The regulation of broadcasting necessarily engages the right to freedom of expression because by its very nature, regulation may be seen as a restriction on freedom of expression. Indeed, freedom of expression may be said to form the cornerstone of broadcasting regulation in democratic societies and the question of whether or not a given regulatory approach is legitimate will often depend on an assessment of its impact on freedom of expression.

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