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 Read more about Propaganda Here and Now[…]

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[…]

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In Poland, Media Freedom Fears Persist as New Plans Restricting Journalists’ Access to Parliament to be Unveiled in January

William Horsley, CFOM International Director In many parts of Europe the freedom of the media is under serious threat not only from restrictive laws but also from a wide range of administrative and informal constraints and pressures. In Poland the government has already enacted a law to take direct control of the governance of public Read more about In Poland, Media Freedom Fears Persist as New Plans Restricting Journalists’ Access to Parliament to be Unveiled in January[…]

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Time for a New Commonwealth Initiative on Media Freedom

William Horsley, CFOM International Director This article written by William Horsley and David Page, was published by the ‘Round Table’, the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, on 3 November. In it the authors make the case for new and robust forms of engagement by the 52-nation Commonwealth to protect media freedom in order to make Read more about Time for a New Commonwealth Initiative on Media Freedom[…]

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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 Read more about This UN Resolution is a blueprint to save journalists from violence or jail, but do states mean what they say?[…]

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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 Read more about 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[…]

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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 Read more about Fighting back: Journalists need new skills to be effective watchdogs for the public and ward off shackles on press freedom.[…]

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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 Read more about What’s the point of World Press Freedom Day?[…]

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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 Read more about Research on Journalists’ Safety Central to Enhancing the Right to Know[…]

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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 Read more about Press Regulation in an Era of Convergence[…]