Out of Africa: The winning ways of the enemies of press freedom

By William Horsley, CFOM International Director World Press Freedom Day in Africa meant loud drums and a gathering of almost a thousand people – including Ghana’s president, senior  African judges, hundreds of West African journalists and a keen circus of press freedom advocates from all corners of the world. The big question before the freedom-hungry Read more about Out of Africa: The winning ways of the enemies of press freedom[…]

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

By William Horsley, CFOM International Director

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. […]

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

By Nadezhda Azhgikhina, vice president of the European Federation of Journalists and board member of the Free Word Association.

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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Ahed Tamimi: father speaks of his pride as Palestinian activist prepares for trial

Emma Heywood, a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Journalism Studies, wrote this article which has been published on The Conversation based on her first-hand experience of life in the West Bank, where her research is focused on the role of local radio in NGO activities in war-affected zones. CFOM is re-publishing her article on our website because the issues raised by the subject-matter – the circumstances of the arrest and prosecution of a 17-year old Palestinian girl and her prospective trial in an Israeli military court – address issues of relevance to a wider debate about the protection of freedom of expression and other universal rights, as well as definitions of national security, and access to justice.     […]

Poland, cradle of a democratic revolution, again a frontline in the fight for press freedom

By William Horsley, CFOM International Director Gdansk is a bitter-sweet symbol of Poland’s fight against tyranny back in the time of Lech Walesa. The three tall metal crosses erected over the Gdansk shipyard  recall the heady days in 1980 when Solidarity, the East bloc’s first free trade union, triumphed in a trial of strength against the then Read more about Poland, cradle of a democratic revolution, again a frontline in the fight for press freedom[…]

Wanted: clear criteria for news organisations when dealing with hate speech and extremist content

By Chris Elliott, a Trustee of the Ethical Journalism Network and former Readers’ Editor of The Guardian There are clear signs that hate speech is on the increase, often turbo charged by social media. The London Bridge attacks in July triggered a big spike in hate crimes with a significant amount of them being attacks Read more about Wanted: clear criteria for news organisations when dealing with hate speech and extremist content[…]

The flawed role of the media in international justice and reconciliation in former Yugoslavia

Dejana Radisavljević is a PhD researcher on international criminal sentences, University of Sheffield School of Law; LL.M, University of Leicester School of Law; formerly Legal Assistant at The Hague and Arusha branches of the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals.   In 1993 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY’) was established to Read more about The flawed role of the media in international justice and reconciliation in former Yugoslavia[…]

Two thoughts on Nick Robinson’s plea for a re-think on journalism

By William Horsley, CFOM International Director   Nick Robinson told some awkward truths about Britain’s broadcasting media in the inaugural Steve Hewlett Lecture on Thursday: above all the need for them to up their game by defending impartiality and engaging ‘dissident’ voices. He captured the excitement and confusion of the great debate about ‘whose side the Read more about Two thoughts on Nick Robinson’s plea for a re-think on journalism[…]

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[…]