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Bob Bennett – Press Freedom vs Accountability Nick Jones William Horsley – article for The World Today, Chatham House’s monthly journal, on the popular demand for free media and free expression in the Soviet bloc at the time of the 1989 Year of Revolutions and the link between limits on free expression and other political[…]
“Euro elections: newspaper websites break new ground in challenging radio and television” (PDF ) By Nicholas Jones 15.6.2009 Political journalism: the perils of writing to a pre-determined agenda. (PDF) Nicholas Jones 2.1.2009 ) William Horsley – article for The World Today (PDF) Chatham House’s monthly journal Masha Lipman – Constraints on freedom of the Russian[…]
An opportunity for news organisations to discuss the effectiveness of measures put in place to protect press freedom around the world. When, local time: Friday, 5 February 2016 – 9:00am to 5:30pm Where: France, Paris Type of Event: Category 8-Symposium Contact: Marius Lukosiunas (email@example.com); Josu Icaza (firstname.lastname@example.org) More Information Official[…]
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Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. Our partner in the UN Action Plan[…]
Press Release Programme Participants list NGOs database 20 May 2011 (Compiled by Cecilia Dinardi) Archbishop Tutu Appeal & Message to the Conference
CFOM and the BBC co-host “unique” meeting of global news media to tackle rise in violence against journalists
More than forty media organisations sign “London Statement” demanding strong UN action to stop the killings of journalists. London Statement with signatures of global media representatives as received by the UN Freelancers organise to help each other. Stuart Hughes, BBC World Affairs Producer writes on the BBC’s College of Journalism blog Spotlight in print: eighty true[…]
Making the Protection of Journalists a Reality: Time to End Impunity Journalism in danger: London Symposium on Journalists’ Safety probes the causes of anti-media violence and repression On 7 April the BBC and CFOM hosted a conference at the BBC’s Broadcasting House. In “Making the Protection of Journalists a Reality: Time to end Impunity” 60[…]
Enforcing and Upgrading Legal Protections for Journalists 3 November 2014, Monday: European Court of Human Rights Building, Strasbourg, organised by the Council of Europe, CFOM, UNESCO and the European Lawyers Union. Marking the 2 November UN ‘International Day to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’, this Seminar and Inter-Regional Dialogue addresses the urgent need to enforce[…]
International Day to End Impunity is focus for global efforts to end impunity for crimes against journalists Two years ago the UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution which proclaimed November 2 as International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. It urged member states to bring to justice the perpetrators of these attacks and[…]