Media legal experts examine EU’s ‘fake news’ report

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Some of the UK’s leading media and legal experts will put the European Union’s ‘fake news’ report under the spotlight at a special seminar at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) in London this month (30 April).

Entitled EU report on fake news and online disinformation: policy, law and media responses’, it will examine the media, law and policy implications of the EU report, ‘A Multidimensional Approach to Disinformation’, which has been given new impetus by the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Issued in March 2018, the EU report puts forward a series of short- and long-term responses to the growing controversy of fake news and online disinformation, and the threats these complex and multifaceted phenomena pose to democracy. 

Its recommendations are founded on the rights of freedom of expression, freedom of the media, access to information and privacy, and the principles of transparency, diversity and credibility of information, inclusivity of stakeholders and sustainable solution.

Dr Nóra Ni Loideain, director of the Information Law and Policy Centre at IALS, part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, will chair the panel.

Members include Matthew Rogerson, head of public policy at Guardian Media Group and Martin Rosenbaum, the BBC’s freedom of information specialist. Joining them are University of Sussex law lecturer Dr Dimitris Xenos, and Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, director of research at the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

In addition to considering how to act on the report’s recommendations, the discussion will provide a fruitful platform for assessing the legal, social and policy implications of its findings.

EU report on fake news and online disinformation: policy, law and media Responses’, takes place on 30 April, 6.15–8pm, at IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR. This seminar is free but advanced booking is required.


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