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[…]


What’s the point of World Press Freedom Day?

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[…]


Research on Journalists’ Safety Central to Enhancing the Right to Know

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[…]


Press Regulation in an Era of Convergence

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[…]


Two-and-a-half cheers for the UK’s Freedom of Information Act

Two-and-a-half cheers for the UK’s Freedom of Information Act William Horsley writes for the CJA: This article was first published in the Commonwealth Journalists Association Newsletter, April 2016 British newspapers and press freedom campaigners heaved a sigh of relief after a government-appointed  commission stepped back from proposals to impose charges for disclosure requests, and on[…]


What can the Commonwealth do for journalists?

This article was originally published by BBC Academy, here. It is republished with permission from the author.    How can the Commonwealth confront the repression – and in some cases forceful oppression – of independent and critical journalists in some of its member states? This week Patricia Scotland, a Labour life peer and former Attorney-General,[…]


Commission should invoke Article 7 when media freedom is trampled

This article was originally posted here and has been reposted with the permission of the authors.  It is time for the European Commission to make sure that the EU lives up to its Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Treaty on European Union (TEU), write Professor Jackie Harrison and Dr Stef Pukallus.   Of course there[…]


The dynamics of impunity – Guest Think Piece from Iakovos Iakovidis

Iakovos Iakovidis is a Greek diplomat who has served in China and in the Permanent Missions of Greece to the EU and to the UN, where, among other, he initiated the discussion on the safety of journalists in the General Assembly, which led to the first ever UNGA Resolution on the topic”. ‘In this post,[…]

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[…]