Dr Peter Coe on Media Freedom in the Age of Citizen Journalism

Peter CoeDr Peter Coe has given talks on his book, Media Freedom in the Age of Citizen Journalism, at the University Cambridge’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, and at the University of Essex’s TechLaw Research Cluster. The official launch of his book will take place virtually at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies’ Information Law and Policy Centre, University of London, on the 11th of May at 9am. As it is a panel session, Peter will be joined by Professor Paul Wragg and Rebecca Moosavian from the University of Leeds, Professor David Rolph from the University of Sydney, Professor Andras Koltay, who is the President of the Hungarian Communication and Media Authority, and Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana, who is Head of Regulation of IMPRESS. For further details on the event, and on how to register, see: ILPC Seminar Series: Media Freedom in the Age of Citizen Journalism Book Launch | IALS (sas.ac.uk)

The Hermit Problem: Autonomy’s role in liberating privacy from confidentiality’s grip

About the speaker: Paul Wragg is Professor of Media Law at the University of Leeds, a board member of Hacked Off, a member of the IMPRESS Code Committee, and is the co-host of The Media Law Podcast.  Professor Wragg’s work has been published in leading journals in the UK and abroad, such as the Cambridge Law Journal, Public Law, Sydney Law Review, Industrial Law Journal, the Journal of Media Law, and the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly.  It has been referred to by, amongst others, a House of Lords select committee on press freedom, the Australian Law Reform Commission, and mentioned in the Supreme Court. His monograph, A Free and Regulated Press. Defending Coercive Independent Press Regulation, was published by Hart Publishing in 2020. Additionally, he is the co-editor (with Professor András Koltay) of Comparative Privacy and Defamation (Edward Elgar, 2020), and (with Dr Peter Coe) Landmark Cases in Privacy Law (Hart Publishing, 2022).

When: Thursday 7th April 2022 at 17:00 – Doors open at 16:45 (JJ Thomson Ditchburn Lecture Theatre, Whiteknights Campus)

Registration: The hermit problem: Autonomy’s role in liberating privacy from confidentiality’s grip

British Citizenship: Precious, Costly, and Precarious

Citizenship still matters; its absence denotes precarity. As Covid19 travel restrictions reminded us, at its international core lies the right to enter one’s country and reside therein. Domestically, in most jurisdictions, citizenship serves as an eligibility criterion for electoral participation; excluded non-citizens have limited capacity to advance their rights through the political process.

Read Ruvi Ziegler’s full post on the Oxford Human Rights Hub.

Dr Peter Coe’s monograph, Media Freedom in the Age of Citizen Journalism, has been published by Edward Elgar.

In this book, Peter 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. He 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, he 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, he 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.

Peter’s book has already been the subject of significant critical acclaim from world-leading scholars from the UK, US, Australia, and Europe. More details on the book, including how to order it, can be found following this link.