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[…]

Five reasons why President Trump’s ‘war with the media’ really matters

By William Horsley, International Director of CFOM Donald Trump’s pugnacious defence of his under-fire Attorney-General, Jess Sessions, is part of a wider pattern of disregard for truth in which he sees the news media as his main enemy. It is the latest twist in Mr Trump’s evasion of scrutiny about the core matter on which Read more about Five reasons why President Trump’s ‘war with the media’ really matters[…]

Are British media failing the test of reporting Brexit?

By William Horsley, CFOM International Director The British media have been accused, along with the politicians, of doing a poor job of informing the nation about the great issues thrown up by Brexit, the biggest story for a generation. Is the criticism justified? A review of the course of the great debate over the past year Read more about Are British media failing the test of reporting Brexit?[…]

Journalism in Danger: We must engage journalism students with issues of safety and impunity

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Lada Price By Dr. Lada Trifonova Price, CFOM Curriculum Leader According to figures from UNESCO’s Division on Safety of Journalists and Impunity, 101 journalists were killed in the pursuit of a story in 2016, which on average constitutes one casualty every four days. This problem is widely recognised among Read more about Journalism in Danger: We must engage journalism students with issues of safety and impunity[…]

Propaganda Here and Now

By Professor Piers Robinson Chair in Politics, Society and Political Journalism Department of Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield The current ‘fake news’ crisis has brought to the forefront of debate questions regarding the manipulation of information and the role of deception as a political strategy. One strand of this debate has focused Read more about Propaganda Here and Now[…]

Sir Alan Moses condemns ‘freezing’ impact of Section 40 on UK press freedom

By William Horsley, CFOM International Director On Monday Sir Alan Moses, the former Appeals Court judge who chairs the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), publicly applauded the ‘implacable opposition ‘ of the British press to the controversial Section 40 of the 2013 Crime and Courts Act, which provides for aggravated penalties against publishers who fail Read more about Sir Alan Moses condemns ‘freezing’ impact of Section 40 on UK press freedom[…]

How the UNESCO IPDC programme contributes to making journalism safer

By Silvia Chocarro, PhD, senior consultant on freedom of expression* In the last ten years (2006-2015), 827 journalists, media workers and social media producers have been killed worldwide, according to the latest UNESCO Director-General’s report on The Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity. Many more have been kidnapped, disappeared, imprisoned or threatened. There Read more about How the UNESCO IPDC programme contributes to making journalism safer[…]