The Nordic countries are well known globally for their high human rights standards and, at the same time, high degree of internet freedom. This edited collection reveals how the Nordic countries have succeeded in the task of protecting freedom of expression in the new media. It contains an overview of public policy choices and best practices of domestic online companies, which have the aspiration of finding global acceptance.

Reviewing the topic of freedom of expression in new media within Nordic and Baltic countries, this book incorporates both general themes and interesting country-specific themes that will provide wider knowledge on the development of freedom of expression and media law in the online media era. A comprehensive analysis of regulation of online media, both at the level of legislation and application of law in courts and other authorities, are included. This book will contribute to the ongoing discussion as to whether there is a need to modify prevailing interpretation of freedom of expression.

Human Rights Law and Regulating Freedom of Expression in New Media focuses on the multi-layered and complicated relationship between internet and human rights law. It contributes to the ongoing discussion regarding the protection of freedom of expression on the internet in the context of various doctrines of constitutional law, including the proliferation of constitutional adjudication. It will be of interest to researchers, academics, policymakers, and students in the fields of human rights law, internet law, political science, sociology, cultural studies, media and communications studies and technology.

chapter 1|4 pages


ByMart Susi, Jukka Viljanen, Eiríkur Jónsson, Artūrs Kučs

chapter 3|21 pages

Freedom of speech and online media in Denmark

BySten Schaumburg-Müller

chapter 4|19 pages

Estonia – raising high the roof beams of freedom of expression

New media environment in Estonia
ByRain Veetõusme, Tiina Pajuste, Mart Susi

chapter 5|20 pages


ByRiku Neuvonen, Jukka Viljanen, Mikko Hoikka

chapter 6|20 pages

Icelandic online media law and the ECHR

ByEiríkur Jónsson

chapter 7|20 pages

Regulation of online media in Latvia

ByLolita Bērziņa, Linda Bīriņa, Laura Jambuševa, Artūrs Kučs

chapter 8|22 pages

Human rights law and regulating freedom of expression in new media: Lithuania

ByVygantė Milašiūtė

chapter 9|22 pages

Regulation of online media in Norway

ByEllen Lexerød Hovlid

chapter 10|20 pages

Internet, freedom of expression and the right to privacy in Sweden

ByVictoria Enkvist, Sverker Scheutz

chapter 11|13 pages

Comparative analysis of the Nordic/Baltic approaches and standards

ByMart Susi, Eiríkur Jónsson