What We Do

The Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) is an interdisciplinary research centre with global outreach on issues of media freedom, independence and plurality, hosted in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield. CFOM aims to inform and advise governments, policy-makers and stakeholders internationally on countering threats to media freedom, and to bring about positive changes to laws, policy and practice and raise standards of journalism safety worldwide.

In order to achieve our aims we work with international organisations including UNESCO and the Council of Europe. We organise educational, research, and policy-related events that advance our goals.

CFOM’s work covers three main areas:

Researching and contributing to the development of policies to protect media freedom and public interest journalism whenever they are under threat in areas of conflict, instability or tension; and addressing issues arising from the emergence of new media platforms and providers of journalism content.

Educating journalists and journalism students about best practices and providing resources for training others on the rights of journalists and the role of journalism in democracies.

Advocating for media freedom and the global protection of journalists and of free, independent and reliable journalism.


Read more about the ‘Origins of CFOM’