FIEDI - XV International Forum on Communication Law and Ethics: Freedom of expression in the Post-Truth Era

FIEDI - XV International Forum on Communication Law and Ethics: Freedom of Expression in the Post-Truth Era

The International Forum on Communication Law and Ethics / Foro Internacional de Etica y Derecho de la Informacion (FIEDI) is an annual conference devoted to the study of communication from the point of view of Law and Ethics that is organized as a pre-Conference of IAMCR the preeminent worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communication research.

The 2019 edition marks the XV edition of this conference originated in Spain and then expanded to Latin America and with the help of IAMCR, over the last four years it has been held at international locations that has helped us connect with scholars from other parts of the world including the United States, Canada, Israel, South Korea, China, Germany, Belgium and others.

This year, our pre-conference welcomes proposals that explore issues related to Freedom of Expression from the point of view of Law and Ethics and particularly those that analyze issues in the context of post-truth and the challenges that disinformation, misinformation, dishonesty, deception, the dismissal of facts and the struggle to define truthful information pose for freedom of expression, freedom of the press and the rights to seek, impart and receive information. We especially encourage proposals that analyze these issues in the context of communication, technology and human dignity focusing on human rights protection in the context of networks and technology, the use of algorithms for information distribution and spreading and combating falsehood online, the use of algorithms in political and legal decision-making including the role of technology in elections as well as the right to be forgotten, privacy and data protection law. Participants are welcome to analyze these and other related issues from the points of view of the Ethics of Communication and Journalism, Constitutional Law, Communication Law and any other theoretical or empirical perspective. We specially encourage doctoral students and early career scholars to participate.

The conference welcomes proposals that explore any issues related to art. 19, including analysis of practical and theoretical reconfigurations of communication rights, exploring new relations, connections, rights and duties in our contemporary context and critical views on the role of information professionals, audiences and technology.

Confirmed Speakers

Opening - 9:15 AM

Dr. José María Legorburu

Dean, School of Humanities, CEU San Pablo. Journalist and PhD in Information Science.

Panel 1  - 9:30 AM  

Ignacio Bel

Ethics, Law and Post-Truth: What´s going on?

Ignacio has dedicated his professional and academic life to two main topics, the Law of Information and Corporate Communication. He has worked in the areas of external and internal communication, crisis communication and media relations. He has been Director of Communication of private and public institutions. He has a great teaching and professional experience in Latin America and Spain.

Panel 2. Disinformation, Cybersecurity and Fake news.

Rafael Rubio

Disinformation and elections: A look at recent European and Spanish electoral races.

Rafael is the Director of the Research Group on participation and new technologies (i + dem) at the Complutense University of Madrid. He is a visiting professor at several universities in Europe and the United States. He has lectured in several Latin American and European Parliaments. Provides advice on issues of Open Government, Transparency and citizen participation to governments, international organizations, parties, foundations, and social, educational and religious institutions in Europe and America. Author and editor of several books, according to him "closer to Veep than the West Wing".

Panel 3. Fake news.

Ignacio Blanco

What we are talking about when we talk about fake news.

Dr. Blanco teaches at the Faculty of Humanities and Communication Sciences in San Pablo CEU University (Madrid, Spain).  He joined to the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset as member of the research team and edition of the complete works of the philosopher, published in 10 volumes between 2004 and 2010. Also, Professor Blanco has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters in the field of the social sciences ( Since 2008 directs the Master's degree in Cultural Journalism. It is a founding member and director of Doxa Comunicación. He has been Visiting Professor of the Universities of Genoa (Italy), del Pacífico (Lima, Perú) and Cambridge (United Kingdom). He has participated in a several research projects, and he is currently a Principal Researcher of the Program of Activities on Vulnerability Digital.

Closing. 6 to 8 PM.

Yoani Sánchez 

Freedom of expression in Cuba.

Philologist, blogger and Cuban journalist living in Havana. Director of the digital newspaper @ 14 y medio and as her own words say "I narrate my reality thanks to technology and I dream of a Free Cuba".


San Pablo CEU University in Madrid. The campus and venue are right next to Ciudad Universitaria and the Universidad Complutense. 

Room details and address are:

Universidad CEU San Pablo
C/ Tutor nº 35, Aula 1.1
28040 Madrid

Date and time

July 6, 2019 9am to 6pm

Deadline for Abstracts

April 5, 2019 
*Abstracts will be reviewed and confirmations will be sent to attendants on a rolling basis.

Participation and registration

Abstracts submitted via email: 
Registration fee will be €70 for IAMCR members and €90 for non-members.…


School of Communication, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Universidad San Pablo CEU
IAMCR Law Section


Ignacio Bel, Co-founder FIEDI, Universidad Complutense de Madrid    
Loreto Corredoira, Chair, IAMCR Law Section, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Rodrigo Cetina Presuel co-Vice Chair IAMCR Law Section, Harvard University
Leopoldo Abad, Universidad San Pablo CEU
Marisa Aguirre, Universidad de Piura, Peru
Fernando Gutiérrez, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile
Wilma Arellano Toledo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid




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