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[…]

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[…]