The regulation of online disinformation in Ireland

EDMO has established a monitoring exercise to understand the response of different countries to the regulation of online disinformation. Countries are profiled across nine areas.

Ireland is in the middle of a significant change in media regulation as the Irish regulator, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), is currently in the middle of a three-year transition which will see it integrated into a new Media Commission as outlined under the Online Safety and Media Regulation (OSMR) Act 2022. Additionally, in September 2020 the government established the Future of Media Commission which developed 50 recommendations relating to the media sector that were published in the Future of Media Commission report in July 2022. The report has been described as “a strategic agenda for transforming Ireland’s media sector”. The Government adopted in principle 49 of the 50 recommendations, some of which directly address disinformation. For this reason, the Ireland country profile submitted to EDMO references the Future of Media Commission report as it represents a commitment to future policy actions.

Read the full profile here.