Anthony Fargo


Anthony L. Fargo, Ph.D, is Director at the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies, Indiana University School of Journalism. He has also been an Associate Professor since 2004. His research focuses on legal issues raised by newsgathering practices and techniques, specifically issues raised by the relationships between reporters and sources. Recent work has focused on problems for journalists caused by weakening of the federal journalist’s privilege and efforts to pass a national shield law in Congress. Other research interests include indecency legislation, the legal liability of the media for intrusive newsgathering, libel, privacy, and general First Amendment protections for expression.

Terrine Friday


Terrine Friday is a Master of Laws student at the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto, Canada) and a Research Assistant at the Polis Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests include media law and policy, human rights, legal theory, social justice, cultural studies, gender and race, inequalities, and qualitative methods. During her stay Terrine’s research will focus on the relation between media law and policy, constitutionalism and social change in the Middle East and North Africa. Further information can be found on her website,

Hui Xue


Hui Xue joins us from the Soft Power Advocacy & Research Centre at Macquarie University, where she is a PhD student in International Communication. During her stay she will be conducting a comparative analysis of users’ reflections concerning their experiences on Weibo in China and Twitter in the EU, regarding state privacy regulation, platform privacy policy and user privacy strategies. She will also be assisting PCMLP with their research.

Daniel Haley


Daniel Haley joins us from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, where he is a J.D. Candidate in Law. Though interested in media law in general, Daniel is particularly focused on the rise of ‘paid news’ in India (political parties and/or corporations creating treaties with media companies in exchange for favourable coverage), and the evolving relationship between Hollywood and the Chinese entertainment market, especially content restrictions and IP protection.

Emanuele Fantini

Dr Emanuele Fantini is a political scientist specialised in development studies. His research focuses on:

i) the political and moral economy of water governance, looking in particular at the interaction between knowledge/technology and nature in shaping power relations and everyday practices of water management;
ii) the process of state formation in Africa, looking in particular at the relationship between politics, religion and development in contemporary Ehtiopia;
iii) the role of ICT and media in the processes of development and state formation in Sub-Sahara Africa.
On these themes Emanuele has conducted field research both in high-income countries (Italy) and in the “Global South” (Ethiopia, Kenya-Somalia), working at interdisciplinary projects with geographers, historians, economists, anthropologists, media specialists and psychologists.


 holds a European Master in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of Padua and the University of Maastricht,  and a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Turin.

Beside academic work, Emanuele has more than 10 years experience in international development cooperation, working both long term and consultancy positions for bilateral agencies (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), multilateral institutions (UN Habitat), local authorities and NGOs, in Africa (Ethiopia, South-Sudan, Kenya-Somalia and Morocco), the Balkans (Serbia) and Myanmar.

As professional journalist, Emanuele regularly contributes to Italian magazines and newspapers on issues related to water, African politics and human rights.

Danlin Li


Professor Danlin Li joins us from the School of Political Science and Law, The Communication University of China, where she is Head of the Law Department. Her research interests are media policy, media law and regulation, public interest under the new media regulation and the influence of new media and globalisation of the media environment. During her stay Li will research the latest development of media regulation in the UK and its implications on public interest, and explore the ways in which the media law reform in China can benefit from the experiences of the UK’s practices.

Iskender Nurbekov


Iskender Nurbekov visited the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy in 2007 after enactment of the new Russian IP Code and in the context of development of International Media Lawyers Association. He was PhD law student at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) and participated in various administrative, educational and research activities of the Programme and Faculty of Law.

Mariyana Toseva


Mariyana Toseva graduated this year from the comparative B.C.L./LL.B. law program of McGill University, Montreal, and is planning to pursue graduate studies. She developed an interest in media law as an intern at a law firm and pursued it through several academic projects. One of her research papers focused on the role of media regulation and self-regulation in the fight against discrimination of the Roma in her home country, Bulgaria. This year, she analyzed Canadian hatespeech legislation and examined the right of reply from a comparative perspective as an alternative to collective civil redress for group defamation.

She is eager to learn about new facets of media law as well as engage in comparative law and policy research. She is particularly interested in freedom of the media in developing democracies, regulatory models, regulation of internet content, media and privacy, defamation. Mariyana is also currently working on a part-time basis as Communications Intern for the Council for International Media Ethics (CIME).

Ge Chen


Ge Chen joins us from the Institute of International Law and European Law, University of Göttingen, where he is a Research Fellow. His research interests are international media law (freedom of expression/press freedom, copyright law, data protection law), with particular focus on China and developing countries. During his stay Chen will be liaising with PCMLP to expand research on his current project, ‘A Comparative Study of the Liabilities of Multinational Corporations for Data Protection in China and EU’.

Sacha Meuter


Sacha Meuter is a laywer and a PhD candidate at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. His research focuses on radio stations created by United Nations Peace Operations. He analyses how their legal environments influence the realization by the UN of normative ideals encapsulated in the right to freedom of information (art. 19 UDHR).