Challenges at the Crossroads of the European, National and Private Spheres
Edited by Sybe de Vries, Henri de Waele and Marie-Pierre Granger
Chapter 10: Citizen journalism: potentials and pitfalls for European Union citizenship
This chapter explores one of the most fundamental civil rights, the freedom of expression, and how it plays out in the concept and practice of citizen journalism in the EU. Whilst the EU has for some time engaged with the organization and operation of the media in its Member States, it has so far not addressed the activities of citizen journalists, despite the growing importance of blogs, social media and other online presence as alternative or complementary news providers. The author investigates the way in which citizen journalism is regulated across Europe, reflecting on its potential for the development of Union citizenship and improved protection of civil rights. Comparative empirical insights from national contexts, in particular drawing from recent developments in Hungary, help to illustrate both the potential and pitfalls of citizen journalism. The chapter concludes with a theoretical framing of the phenomenon to the background of EU citizenship, pitting a liberal against a republican conception.
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