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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Freedom of expression online

Communications and Digital Committee
Freedom of expression online

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Start times: 3.00pm (private) 3.00pm (public)


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German MPs, Daily Mail, Guardian address peers on freedom of expression online

The Communications and Digital Committee continues taking evidence as part of its inquiry into freedom of expression online, hearing from members of Germany’s Bundestag to discuss their country’s laws (NetzDG) designed to reduce the availability of illegal online content. Executives and lawyers from the publishers of the Daily Mail and The Guardian also appear to discuss media freedom.

Meeting details

At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Member at Alliance 90/The Greens
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Editor Emeritus at DMG Media
Legal Adviser at DMG Media
Director of Public Policy at Guardian Media Group
Director of Editorial Legal Services at Guardian News & Media

Likely questions and topics of discussion with MP Müller and MP Künast include:

  • Does NetzDG’s systemic view of social media companies’ compliance rather than examining individual cases give those companies too much power?
  • Are fines enough to change social media companies’ behaviour?
  • How well does the EU’s proposed Digital Services Act protect freedom of expression?

Likely questions and topics of discussion with the Daily Mail and The Guardian include:

  • What is your view on developments in Australia regarding mandatory bargaining for platforms and news publishers?
  • Has the Government moved swiftly enough to set up the Digital Markets Unit?
  • What measures should the Digital Markets Unit take to increase competition in the social media, search, and online advertising markets?

Further information

Location

Virtual meeting