A general view of the UNESCO headquarters before a ceremony for the "UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences" in Paris July 17, 2012. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Big Media ‘must do more’ to protect journalists

  William Horsley   The big guns of the world’s media have found themselves at fault. At UNESCO’s Paris headquarters on 5 February, 200 senior media managers, editors and journalists from around the world, whose everyday job is to hold others to account, publicly examined their own record in standing up for the safety of[…]


Think Pieces by Leading Commentators

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[…]


Think pieces by leading commentators

“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[…]

EU leaders must act to protect journalists threatened with violence

This year’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists highlights why the safety of journalists is vital to all our freedom, writes William Horsley. 700 journalists killed for their work in 10 years, and a total failure of states to convict any of those responsible in 94 per cent of all those killings. The[…]

Al-Jazeera jail sentences crush hopes for media freedom in Egypt

Journalists in Egypt suffer from some of the world’s most oppressive laws and restrictions on truthful and independent reporting. And the weekend’s court verdict and jail sentences in the much-publicised re-trial of Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and (in absentia) Peter Greste (pictured left to right above), on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation and spreading false news, have[…]

The new normal of journalism: Assume you’re being watched

  It’s a happy week for the people of Latvia. They are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their independence from the Soviet Union, which was declared on 4 May 1990. That date signalled the lifting of decades of Soviet-style censorship and totalitarianism. So it is fitting that this year the capital, Riga, also played host[…]

UN marks ‘deadliest decade’ for journalist deaths

  This week the world has turned a spotlight on journalists. Not for the stories they break every day, but for the rising death toll among those who risk their lives to get the story out. The United Nations says more than 700 journalists have died in the past 10 years because of their work, making[…]

Europe must confront Russia’s propaganda machine

  Ukraine conflict shows Europe’s weakness for Moscow’s propaganda   The Kremlin’s use of disinformation has been laid bare after the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane on 17 July. Europeans must confront the grotesque propaganda machine on which President Putin’s authoritarian rule depends, William Horsley writes. Europe may at last understand that[…]