M. Rucz

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PhD candidate

Melinda Rucz is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). She is specialised in European media law, the protection of freedom of expression and media freedom. Her PhD research explores the potential of journalism privileges to provide for a more supportive environment for public interest journalism in the face of technological, economic and socio-political turbulences. In particular, her research investigates the enhanced protection of journalism in European human rights law and European states’ positive, promotional obligations to secure favourable conditions for public interest journalism, in order to explore why and how journalism with high social value needs privileged treatment in the changing media ecosystem.

Prior to her PhD, Melinda worked as a researcher at IViR. She conducted, and contributed to, research on a wide range of topics, including SLAPPs, EU media policy, the safety of journalists, media capture and the regulation of digital surveillance technologies. Melinda holds a research LLM in Information Law (UvA) and a BSc in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (UvA).