Journalism, Communication & Democracy


This research theme comprises work in the following areas:

  • journalism and free speech protection

  • risk to and violation of journalistic freedoms in diverse settings

  • different media regulatory regimes and legal frameworks

  • the civil power of the factual media

  • media pluralism and the role of public service communication in Europe

  • political communication campaigns and elections

  • data protection and the 'right to be forgotten'

  • ethics and regulation of journalism

  • news values

  • the role of alternative media/journalism
Key researchers

Our academic staff working in this research theme are:

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PhD students

Current and recent PhD students working in this area include:

  • Paul Taylor
Current and recent work

A mouth taped overDefining Freedom of the Press

Led by Dr John Steel, this major project compares media regulation across 10 European countries. Its findings could benefit multiple groups, including individual journalists, free expression campaigners and the general public.

Defining Freedom of the Press is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

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See also

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