Freedom of Expression and Media in Transition

Studies and reflections in the digital age
Redaktör(er): Ulla Carlsson

The issues raised by today’s global and multicultural societies are complex, and it is urgent for the research community to help improve our understanding of the current problems. Digitization and globalization have changed our communication systems in terms of time, space and social behaviour;  they have resulted in a transformation of functions as well as management practices and the market by adding new types of transnational companies.  The context of freedom of expression has shifted.

In 2009, Nordicom published Freedom of Speech Abridged? Cultural, legal and philosophical challenges, and a few years later Freedom of Expression Revisited. Citizenship and journalism in the digital era. The current publication may be seen as a follow-up to these earlier titles. It is based  on research in the Nordic countries, but many of the studies are global in nature and the result of collaborations between researchers from many parts of the world. It is hoped that this collection will contribute to knowledge development in the field as well as to global and regional discussions  about freedom of expression, press freedom, and communication rights in contemporary societies.

The publication is available in electronic version (pdf-format), the printed version is out of stock.


Freedom of Expression and the Media in a Time of Uncertainty. A brief introduction
Ulla Carlsson
Rethinking the Nordic Media Model: A Challenge to Democracy
The Media Welfare State. Nordic media in times of change
Trine Syvertsen, Gunn Enli, Ole J. Mjøs, Hallvard Moe
Communication Rights and Public Service Media. Changing ecosystems, changing ‘publicness’
Minna Aslama Horowitz, Hannu Nieminen
In Transition: Freedom of Expression, Media and the Public Sphere
Free Speech at an Intersection. Notes on the contemporary hybrid public sphere
Risto Kunelius
On Press Freedom and Other Media Freedoms
Helge Rønning
Media Freedom Revisited. The widening gap between ideals and reality
Christian S. Nissen
Liberate Freedom from Its Ideological Baggage!
Kaarle Nordenstreng