By William Horsley, CFOM International Director Two journalists’ murders have shaken the EU’s claim to be a champion of democracy and the rule of law. The killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a remote-controlled car bomb explosion near her home in Malta last October and the mafia execution-style killing of anti-corruption reporter Jan Read more about Two journalists’ deaths in Europe are a symptom that the rule of law is failing[…]
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[…]
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. […]
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.
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. […]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]