ILPC Seminar Series: Media Freedom in the Age of Citizen Journalism Book Launch

Journalism has changed. The internet and social media have permanently altered the media ecology and have shifted the media paradigm beyond recognition by enabling new actors to enter the media marketplace, and by changing the way that news is generated, published, and consumed. 

Central to this communication revolution are citizen journalists, who's newsgathering and publication activities have made them crucial to public discourse. This book interrogates how the internet and social media have enabled citizen journalism to flourish, and what this means for the traditional institutional press, the public sphere, media freedom, and press regulation. It argues that the law's treatment of media freedom as a concept needs to be modernised, as citizen journalists are operating as media, but are not recognised as such. 

To facilitate this modernisation, it advances a new functional definition of the media that distinguishes media from non-media actors, and which provides a conceptual framework that recognises twenty-first century methods of newsgathering and publication. In doing so, it deals with some of the legal challenges this creates, including those arising from anonymous and pseudonymous speech, contempt of court, defamation, and how voluntary self-regulatory press regulation might be ‘reimagined’ to attract this new breed of journalist.

Media Freedom in the Age of Citizen Journalism (

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Professor David Rolph (University of Sydney), Professor Paul Wragg (University of Leeds, Rebecca Moosavian (University of Leeds), Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana (Head of Regulation at IMPRESS), Professor András Koltay (President, Hungarian Communication and Media Authority). Author: Dr Peter Coe (University of Reading and IALS/ILPC)
Event date: 
Wednesday, 11 May 2022 - 9:00am