23rd February 2021
By Wendy Collinson

EJN Panel Video: Who controls the messengers? Regulating journalism and social media while protecting free speech

Social media is being blamed for sowing division, which contributed to the attacks on the Washington Capitol Building and is undermining the fight against Covid-19. Action is needed. But who should decide, could that action undermine the principles of free expression, and what is the role of journalism in the mix?

This is a recording of a major international event organised by the Ethical Journalism Network which was held on Thursday 18th February 2021 6.30pm UK Time.

Our Panel, entitled: Who controls the messengers? Regulating journalism and social media while protecting free speech, included the following speakers:

  • Alan Rusbridger: Member, Facebook Oversight Board. Former Editor-in Chief, The Guardian. Principal Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.
  • Jillian York: Author of Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism. Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Fellow Centre for Internet and Human Rights, Berlin.
  • Carole Cadwalladr: Investigative journalist, member of the alternative ‘Real’ Facebook Oversight Board, finalist 2019 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting alongside The New York Times reporters, for coverage of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The event was hosted by Hannah Storm and Moderated by Meera Selva, deputy director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.