The Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) is an interdisciplinary research centre hosted in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield with global outreach that studies issues of media freedom and standards. CFOM aims to inform and advise governments, policymakers and stakeholders internationally on threats to media freedom, in order to bring about positive changes to laws, policy and practice and to uphold standards of journalism safety worldwide. It works to identify and promote best practice for journalists in Europe and worldwide.
At a UNESCO research conference on the safety of journalists during the celebrations of World Press Freedom Day in Helsinki, Finland on 3 and 4 May 2016, UNESCO declared ‘that the Safety of Journalists paved the way for academic research cooperation’. To advance such cooperation the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), University of Sheffield, Read more about JSRN Hub Launch[…]
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CFOM Lecture by Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development Lecture and debate: ‘Your right to know relies on justice for journalists under attack’ “Stand up for journalists, justice and the public’s right to know” was the core message from Guy Berger in his CFOM Lecture to Journalism Studies undergraduates Read more about THE CFOM LECTURE AND DEBATE 9 Nov 2016[…]
In anticipation of 2016’s annual lecture from Guy Berger, here are details of all the previous CFOM annual lectures. In 2015 we hosted a Question Time style event called Journalism in Danger. The panelists were, Ellen Manning, Former Chief Reporter for Press Association, Emma Beals, Freelance journalist, Simon Marr, BBC Director of Safety, Security & Read more about CFOM Annual Lectures so far[…]
7th-11th November 2016 Programme: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/journalism/events/ijw16/programme This November the Department of Journalism Studies once again hosts International Journalism Week: a unique forum offering students and staff in five days of debate and networking on the issues that connect journalism educators, researchers and practitioners around the globe. This is our sixth series of talks, events and workshops related Read more about International Journalism Week 2016[…]
UNESCO has today released key findings from its Director General’s Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity, focussed on the years 2014-2015. The report shows that the year 2015 had the second highest number of journalist’s killed in the past ten years. Measured by the total number of journalists killed doing Read more about International Day to End Impunity 2016 – UNESCO Director General’s Report[…]
To mark the International Day to End Impunity, the Centre for Freedom of Media will host a special event focused on justice for victims of crimes against journalists for students and staff, during our International Journalism Week on Wednesday, 9th November. Guy Berger, Director of the Freedom of Expression and Media Development Division of UNESCO, will Read more about CFOM Annual Lecture 2016[…]
This UN Resolution is a blueprint to save journalists from violence or jail, but do states mean what they say?
William Horsley, CFOM International Director On 26 September the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted Resolution A/HRC/33/L.6 on the safety of journalists by consensus – that is, with no objections and no vote. It’s the latest of 8 resolutions adopted by UN bodies in the past four year alone related to the obligation of Read more about This UN Resolution is a blueprint to save journalists from violence or jail, but do states mean what they say?[…]
Originally published here. Republished with permission. A group of 40 researchers took part in a UNESCO workshop held this week at the 2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research at the University of Leicester, UK. The occasion also served to publicise a new network for sharing knowledge projects about the safety Read more about Academics urged to study safety of journalists[…]
The EU referendum and the Country of Origin principle (COO): a look back at some fallacies of the case for Brexit that were made during the campaign
This piece was first published as a contribution in D. Jackson et al. EU Referendum Analysis http://www.referendumanalysis.eu/ Irini Katsirea, Reader in International Media Law, Centre for Freedom of the Media, University of Sheffield. The debate about the EU referendum has been polarised, the Remain camp stressing the risks of Brexit, the Leave camp arguing Read more about The EU referendum and the Country of Origin principle (COO): a look back at some fallacies of the case for Brexit that were made during the campaign[…]