Current and Future Developments in Law

Current and Future Developments in Law

Volume: 2

The Rights of Minorities: Cultural Groups, Migrants, Displaced Persons and Sexual Identity

This volume focuses on the rights of minorities. Minorities are often subject to discrimination and individuals find themselves being rejected by the majority. In such cases, people belonging to a ...
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The Right to Access by Non-Dominant Linguistic Communities to the Mass Media

Pp. 254-287 (34)

Inigo Urrutia-Libarona


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.