European and International Media Law considers the relationship between the media and the liberal democratic state, which is changing rapidly under the pressures of a global communications revolution. Despite many differences in media law and policy, liberal democracies have drawn on a sharedtradition of freedom of expression in the struggle to maintain comparatively open and distinctively liberal societies. The western democracies, moreover, have made freedom of expression and freer trade in media content key elements in their efforts to create a politically and economically liberalinternational public order. They have, as a result, made the legitimate relationship between the media and the state a central issue in world politics and law.The digitisation of information and entertainment content and the rise of the internet has produced an explosion of easily accessible, new media services and sources, both domestic and foreign. This revolution has challenged long held assumptions about the media's vulnerability to the coercivepowers of the state. The internet, in particular, has severely tested the effectiveness and even the purpose of established media laws and regulation. This book takes a broad perspective to look at this unprecedented loosening of the once intimate relationship between the media and the liberaldemocratic state. The book contrasts the treatment of media concerns under Europe's relatively comprehensive and self consciously liberal regional order with the more compromised patchwork of international law and policy. It captures the extraordinary impact of the liberal media model on European and internationallaw as well as exploring its profound weaknesses through a series of key contemporary media issues.