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Israel: Live Broadcasting of Supreme Court Hearing Authorized During COVID-19 Emergency

(Apr. 16, 2020) On April 13, 2020, Supreme Court President Justice Esther Hayut approved an experimental live broadcast of a hearing before the Supreme Court sitting as a High Court of Justice. The hearing, scheduled for April 16, 2020, involves petitions questioning the validity of authorization granted to the Israel Security Agency (ISA) and the […]

Italy: New Provisions on National Cybersecurity Enter into Force

(Oct. 16, 2019) On September 22, 2019, Decree Law No. 105 of September 21, 2019 (Decreto-Legge 21 settembre 2019, n. 105) (D.L. No. 105), containing urgent provisions on national cybersecurity, entered into force in Italy. The purpose of the new legislation is to guarantee the highest level of security for networks, information systems, and information […]

Turkey: New Regulation Requires Media and Platform Service Providers to Obtain Licenses for Offering Radio and Audiovisual Services on the Internet

(Aug. 20, 2019) The government of Turkey published a regulation in the Official Gazette on July 1, 2019, which provides for a new framework for the licensing of radio and audiovisual transmissions made on the internet. The new regulation, the Regulation on the Transmission of Radio, Television, and On-Demand Services on the Internet, was prepared […]

Mexico: National Electoral Institute Challenges Reduction of Its Budget Before Supreme Court

(Feb. 4, 2019) Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral, INE) filed a constitutional suit before the Supreme Court of the Nation against the reduction of 950 million pesos (nearly US$50 million) that the lower house of Congress (Cámara de Diputados, Chamber of Deputies) made to the INE’s 2019 expenditures budget and the salary reductions […]

European Union: European Court of Justice Rules on German Public Broadcasting Contribution

(Jan. 7, 2019) On December 13, 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that a “contribution” required to be paid by all German households to public broadcasters is compatible with European Union (EU) law, in particular with the rules on preferential state aid. The request for a preliminary ruling was submitted by a judge […]

United Kingdom: Cliff Richard Wins Privacy Case Against BBC and South Yorkshire Police

(Sept. 11, 2018) On July 18, 2018, Sir Cliff Richard OBE was awarded £210,000 (about US$270,360) in general damages after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was held liable for infringing his privacy rights over the filming and broadcast of a search of his UK property by South Yorkshire Police (SYP) in relation to allegations of […]

Switzerland: Voters Reject Proposal to Abolish Public Broadcasting Fees

(Mar. 7, 2018) On March 4, 2018, Swiss voters rejected by a vote of 71.6% to 28.4% a popular initiative to abolish public broadcasting fees. Voter turnout was 54.4%. (Vorlage Nr. 617. Vorläufige amtliche Endergebnisse. Volksinitiative vom 11.12.2015 “Ja zur Abschaffung der Radio- und Fernsehgebühren (Abschaffung der Billag-Gebühren)” [Proposal No. 617, Preliminary Official Results: Popular […]