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Freedom of the Press

“Questions of whether media freedom deserves special treatment and, if so, how far it goes may depend on the legal, political, social, and historical circumstances of each state in which the media are embedded.” In the age of “fake news” and accusations that news media are manipulating the populace through the reporting of politically motivated and/or state-motivated errant and deliberately misleading “facts,” Norikazu Kawagishi’s article Freedom of the Press is of particular relevance. The article discusses the constitutional and legal issues over the protection of the free press and in liberal democracies what those protections translate to and provide. This article is one of four new articles published in the April update of MPECCoL.

Launched in 2017 and overseen by editors Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Dr. Frauke Lachenmann (Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law), and Prof. Dr. Rainer Grote (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law provides a high level of analytic coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context. The encyclopedia articles—modeled on those in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law—address a focused range of topics that seek to provide the best coverage of the essence, character, development, and history of constitutional law from a global perspective.

The following articles have been made freely available to offer further insight into the range and depth of this new resource:

Freedom of the Press
Constitutionalism
Autochthonous Constitutions
Individual Rights
Relation of Constitutional Courts to Supreme Courts
Pouvoir Constituant

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May 10, 2018

April 2018 update

 4 new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 129.

April 4, 2018

March 2018 Update

Eight new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 125.

March 8, 2018

February 2018 Update

Six new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 117.

February 12, 2018

January 2018 Update

Six new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 111.