Irish media commission to focus on online abuse of women politicians, journalists

The Irish parliament has proposed legislation that would establish a new media commission. The proposed body would see staff transferred from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and establish an Online Safety Commissioner tasked with the regulation of social media…

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