The Hungarian laboratory for limiting press and civic freedoms

András Dési is a freelance journalist and political analyst, and former Senior Editor & Reporter with NÉPSZABADSÁG   The Hungarian parliament recently adopted a new law forcing NGOs to register as ‘‘foreign-supported organization” if they receive more than 24,000 Euros from foreign donors per year. With this legislation the Hungarian government and the ruling right-wing Read more about The Hungarian laboratory for limiting press and civic freedoms[…]

Points of view on Media Freedom in the Balkans: the Cases of Macedonia and Serbia

    Petar Milin The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom and Xhevahire Pruthi Zajazi Expert on contemporary media and civil society issues​    Petar Milin is a senior lecturer in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield. His special field is data science, but Petar is from Serbia and CFOM asked him to consider the pressures Read more about Points of view on Media Freedom in the Balkans: the Cases of Macedonia and Serbia[…]

Journalists’ Safety Research Network will increase research capacity and knowledge exchange among the community of journalism safety experts

Sara Torsner is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield researching the design of a Journalism Safety Trends tool with CFOM.  She is also assisting in the development of the recently established Journalism Safety Research Network.   Journalistic safety has long been a relatively unexplored topic by academia, but as NORDICOM Professor Ulla Carlsson Read more about Journalists’ Safety Research Network will increase research capacity and knowledge exchange among the community of journalism safety experts[…]

Terrorism and authoritarianism: lessons from the Middle East region

By Dr. Omar Al-Ghazzi, lecturer at the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield With recurrent terrorist attacks in Europe, it has sadly become commonplace for political figures to repeat the defiant statement “we won’t let terrorists change our way of life”. In addition to the violence and suffering these attacks inflict on Read more about Terrorism and authoritarianism: lessons from the Middle East region[…]

Press freedom watchers see threats from enemies within

By William Horsley, CFOM International Director   Journalists killed with impunity in Syria and Bangladesh, Kenya and Mexico. Insidious state controls through new technologies. More journalists in jail than ever before… Now is the most dangerous time ever to be a journalist: that is the dark and all too familiar picture that emerges from the Committee Read more about Press freedom watchers see threats from enemies within[…]

How to build a methodology to measure the risk to journalists’ safety in the round?

Sara Torsner is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield researching the design of a Journalism Safety Trends tool with CFOM.  She is also assisting in the development of the recently established Journalism Safety Research Network.   It is increasingly understood that journalism safety is a multi-layered problem that must be addressed with reference Read more about How to build a methodology to measure the risk to journalists’ safety in the round?[…]

The inaugural conference on ‘Challenges to Media Freedom in the Commonwealth’: a boost for academic engagement with live issues of protecting press freedom and journalists’ safety

By Sara Torsner, a PhD student at the University of Sheffield who is researching the design of a Journalism Safety Trends tool with CFOM where she is also working with developing the recently established Journalism Safety Research Network.   Understanding the contexts in which journalists attempt to carry out their role of a democratic watchdog Read more about The inaugural conference on ‘Challenges to Media Freedom in the Commonwealth’: a boost for academic engagement with live issues of protecting press freedom and journalists’ safety[…]

The dynamic tension between the press and authority in the UK

By Jonathan Grun, Professional Chair in Journalism, University of Sheffield Guy Black – Lord Black of Brentwood – was addressing last week’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies conference on threats to press freedom in the Commonwealth when he felt compelled to mention the “elephant in the room” of British press freedom: Section 40 of the Crime Read more about The dynamic tension between the press and authority in the UK[…]

The Commonwealth as an international force to counter violence against journalists?

William Horsley, CFOM International Director This week the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland QC, said the 52-nation organisation must recognise the weaknesses in government accountability that lie behind the violent deaths of 61 journalists worldwide last year, according to Reporters Without Borders figures. She called that figure ‘appalling’ and deplored the fact that in Read more about The Commonwealth as an international force to counter violence against journalists?[…]

The dispute over digital terrestrial television licensing in Greece: curiouser and curiouser

By Dr. Irini Katsirea Reader in International Media Law, Centre for Freedom of the Media, Department of Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield This Think Piece is a shorter version of an article that is forthcoming in the International Journal of Digital Television Since launching 25 years ago, private television stations in Greece Read more about The dispute over digital terrestrial television licensing in Greece: curiouser and curiouser[…]