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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.
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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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Fighting back: Journalists need new skills to be effective watchdogs for the public and ward off shackles on press freedom.
This article was first published in the Number 1 Shimbun the newspaper of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. Originally published here, June 2016. by William Horsley Journalists everywhere need to wake up to the new normal: states all around the world are using anti-terrorism, state security and other laws to constrain, harass or lock[…]
Running alongside the World Press Freedom Day conference in Helsinki was the first World Press Freedom Day Research conference, organised in part by CFOM. The conference was attended by more than 50 academics from across the globe. The aim was to discuss and share research and ultimately to form a new academic research network that[…]
William Horsley, International Director of CFOM This year’s commemorations of World Press Freedom Day from May 2-4 in Helsinki attracted a record 1,100 press freedom activists, journalists, international officials and others. The event was practical and focused on seeking solutions to urgent threats and problems, including whistle-blower and source protection, the new frontiers of disinformation[…]
UNESCO’s Research Conference on the Safety of Journalists: Knowledge is the Key was held during the World Press Freedom 2016 events in Helsinki, bringing together researchers and scholars from around the world to present their work and to build up an academic community to address the issues of safety and impunity. The conference culminated with[…]
CFOM will be sending 3 members to the upcoming Helsinki research conference for World Press Freedom Day. Our Chair Jackie Harrison, writes about the importance of this event. Professor Jackie Harrison Access to information either as a journalist, or as a citizen through the products of journalism, lies in the crossfire of what Michael Schudson[…]
The post was originally published on the LSE Media Policy Project Blog, and has been republished with permission. Read the original here. Irini Katsirea, Reader in International Media Law at the University of Sheffield explains the position of the electronic press under the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, and the implications of the New Media[…]