This UN Resolution is a blueprint to save journalists from violence or jail, but do states mean what they say?

William Horsley, CFOM International Director   On 26 September the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted Resolution A/HRC/33/L.6 on the safety of journalists by consensus – that is, with no objections and no vote.   It’s the latest of 8 resolutions adopted by UN bodies in the past four year alone related to the obligation of[…]


The EU referendum and the Country of Origin principle (COO): a look back at some fallacies of the case for Brexit that were made during the campaign

      This piece was first published as a contribution in D. Jackson et al. EU Referendum Analysis  http://www.referendumanalysis.eu/ Irini Katsirea, Reader in International Media Law, Centre for Freedom of the Media, University of Sheffield. The debate about the EU referendum has been polarised, the Remain camp stressing the risks of Brexit, the Leave camp arguing[…]


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 disinformation[…]


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[…]