Annual Lecture 2021: Disinformation in an Information Age: Ireland’s Response to a Global Challenge

Pagespp 198 - 206
Published date12 January 2022
Date12 January 2022
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Remarks by
CELENE CRAIG*
I have been asked to give a media regulator’s perspective on disinformation. As
Paul uigley has demonstrated very extensively in his talk this evening, there has
been profound changes in the way that news and information has been generated,
distributed, and consumed over the past ten years. From a regulatory perspective,
concerns started to emerge around the time of the 2019 European elections, noted
particularly by some of our colleagues in the European regulatory sphere. More
recently, in the context of Covid-19, disinformation has come sharply into focus
again – including here in Ireland.
e regulation of broadcasting is a well-oiled machine in many respects, and we
have, thankfully, in an Irish context, a largely compliant sector. Partly for that
reason, but partly also because of the signicant shi in where citizens source
* Celene Craig is Deputy Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (‘BAI’) and, most
recently, she has led the development of the BAI’s Policy Position on the Implementation of the
revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive and on the Regulation of Harmful Content on Online
Platforms. From 2015 to May 2019, she was Chairperson of the European Platform of Regulatory
Authorities and currently also serves as a member of the Board of the European Regulators Group
for Audiovisual Media Services, an advisory group to the European Commission. Any views or
opinions expressed in this piece are the personal views and opinions of the author.

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