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Fake news has always existed, but quality journalism has a history of survival

Professor Jackie Harrison, CFOM Chair, writes about the long history of media manipulation and fake news, and the staying power of quality journalism. This piece for The Conversation, published on the World Press Freedom Day 2018, marks also the UNESCO announcement for Jackie Harrison, who has been awarded a prestigious new UNESCO Chair in Media Freedom, Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity.

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Three CFOM members to participate in World Press Freedom Day 2018 in Accra

CFOM members, Jackie Harrison, Sara Torsner and William Horsley will be attending and participating in World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 2018 in Accra, Ghana.  CFOM hosts the Journalism Safety Research Network of around 170 members and is an official partner with UNESCO and the University of Ghana in the academic conference which is being held for the third year in a row as part of the WPFD celebrations.

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A media view of the Commonwealth summit: too much self-praise and not enough open democracy

Proposals which were described as ‘important and timely’ were submitted for the attention of Commonwealth leaders by an expert Working Group for a new ‘code’ on media-government relations, but they were ignored in the final Communique. Even so, foreign ministers from the organisation’s 53 member states meeting in London heard powerful appeals for the Commonwealth to do more to protect media independence and the lives of journalists who face threats and acts of violence for their work.

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Can a Free Press Survive in Russia? The scorecard so far

In 2017 the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation handed down an exceptionally important decision. It struck down a series of previous convictions handed down against Elena Nadtoka, the editor of a local newspaper in the Rostov Region, and instructed the local courts concerned to reverse their verdicts. The move followed a final ruling from the European Court of Human Rights on what was seen as a crucial test case in the struggle for survival of free media in Russia.

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