The Right to Access by Non-Dominant Linguistic Communities to the Mass Media
Pp. 254-287 (34)
In this chapter, we address the relationship between the audiovisual sector
and non-dominant linguistic communities. In Europe, the first coordinate is
characterised by a progressive opening up of the sector to the free market through the
free circulation of audiovisual media. The second coordinate of this study concerns
non-dominant linguistic communities. This article deals with the legal possibilities for
encouraging the use of the languages of the non-dominant linguistic communities in
this field. We begin by analysing the linguistic characteristics of the human right to
freedom of expression, examining the margins for developing linguistic policy for the
media sector. Then, we shall refer to linguistic diversity as a limit for the audiovisual
national linguistic policy. Finally, we analyse the different dimensions of the EU legal
framework on this matter.
Freedom of communication, Freedom of information, Language
communities, Language policy, Linguistic law, Mass media, Minorities, Nondominant
groups, Regional languages.
Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, Department of Administrative Law, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain.