THE BALANCE BETWEEN FREEDOM AND REGULATION IN THE VIRTUAL PUBLIC SPACE: WHAT DO WE DO?
On July 29th IDEG organized a webinar on the “The Balance Between Freedom and Regulation in t he Virtual Public Space What do we do?”.
This was a follow up to an earlier webinar which explored the challenges and opportunities presented by the topic “Using the Virtual Public Space for the 2020 Elections Campaign Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward”.
The earlier Webinar drew attention to deep capacity challenges faced by media regulatory institutions in their efforts at maintaining responsible use of the virtual public space while maintaining a balance between regulation of the
media space and protection of the freedom of speech concurrently.
While the apparent non regulation of the public virtual space fosters irresponsible journalism and commentary in both the traditional and social media, enforcing strict regulations could also hinder free speech.
The roles of three key institutions, the National Communications Authority (National Media Commission and the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice were highlighted in the discussion).
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