New book published: Speech and Society in Turbulent Times

We are pleased to announce the publication of Speech and Society in Turbulent Times: Freedom of Expression in Comparative Perspective, edited by Monroe Price and Nicole Stremlau, and published by Cambridge University Press.  This volume brings together an exciting group of authors to examine how societies are addressing challenging questions about the relationship between expression, traditional and society values, and the transformations introduced by new information communications technologies.  It adopts an eclectic approach, identifying alternative approaches to the role of speech and expression, examining how societies or communities have drawn on the ideas of philosophers, religious leaders or politicians, both historical and contemporary, that have addressed questions of speech, government, order and freedoms.  The goal is to both unpack the ‘normative’ internet and free expression debate and to deepen understanding about why certain policies and models are being pursued in very different local or national contexts, as well as on a global level.  The chapters and contributors are below.

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Chinese Media Law

For the last several years, PCMLP has been leading several initiatives focusing on media law and policy in China.   Dr Rogier Creemers regularly publishes and gives public lectures on this topic, some of which can also be found on the China Copyright and Media blog.

PCMLP holds an annual media law moot court event with the School of Law at Renmin University.  This event brings together universities and media lawyers from across China to debate cutting-edge issues in media law and policy.  Seminars and workshops are often attached to the event, including the annual Oxford-Stanford-Peking Internet Law and Policy Conference.

Our research in China has been supported by a variety of sources, including the European Union and the Rubicon Foundation.  The support from the European Union’s Initiative for the Defence of Human Rights, in collaboration with Peking University, Renmin University and the Great Britain China Centre, facilitated a number of workshops in Oxford and China, training of judges, publications and a website bringing together a network of universities and academics working on this area in China.

Eleanor Marchant


Eleanor Marchant joins us from the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication.  Her research interests include the role of media in diaspora political and social engagement, African media and politics, and the impact of new media technologies and globalization on indigenous communication cultures and channels of political engagement. Eleanor is a researcher for the Somalia media project.