Norway's policies on media ownership and transparency, and media pluralism make it "faultless" for press freedom

By: Alexandra Arkin.

The Norwegian constitution and Norwegian law prioritize media pluralism and media ownership transparency by targeting concentration of media ownership and supporting public media.  In contrast, the U.S. seems to be reversing policies that limit the concentration of media ownership, and the Trump administration wants to cut federal funding for public broadcasting by almost 94%.

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New German law fines social media companies for failing to remove hate speech, raising free speech concerns

New German law fines social media companies for failing to remove hate speech, raising free speech concerns

By: Alexandra Arkin.

Post-Charlottesville, Silicon Valley is rethinking how far it will go to fight hate speech.  But Germany has long taken a different approach, with some of the strictest free speech and anti-defamation laws in Europe.  Recent years have seen an increase in hate speech/anti-immigrant propaganda and fake news, which take on new urgency ahead of Germany’s Sept. 24 parliamentary elections.  Germany is now stepping up its efforts with a new law that fines social media companies more than $58 million for failing to promptly delete illegal, racist, or slanderous comments and posts.

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